Biden clarifies previous statements about not testifying in Senate impeachment trial

Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE on Saturday clarified a prior statement that he would not comply with a Senate subpoena in President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s impeachment trial, saying that the matter concerns “Trump’s conduct, not mine.”

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“I have always complied with a lawful order and in my eight years as VP, my office — unlike Donald Trump and Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence posts, deletes photo of Trump campaign staff without face masks, not social distancing Pence threatens to deploy military if Pennsylvania governor doesn’t quell looting Pence on Floyd: ‘No tolerance for racism’ in US MORE — cooperated with legitimate congressional oversight requests,” the former vice president said on Twitter. 

“But I am just not going to pretend that there is any legal basis for Republican subpoenas for my testimony in the impeachment trial,” he continued. “That is the point I was making yesterday and I reiterate: this impeachment is about Trump’s conduct, not mine.”

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Biden has not been subpoenaed, but he told the Des Moines Register on Friday that if he were subpoenaed in the trial, he would not not comply. “The reason I wouldn’t is because it’s all designed to deal with Trump doing what he’s done his whole life, trying to take the focus off him,” he told the paper.  Trump was impeached after a July 25 phone call in which he asked Ukraine’s president to look into unsubstantiated allegations of corruption against Biden and his son.  Some of the president’s allies have floated the idea of subpoenaing the former vice president, who has denied wrongdoing, according to the Des Moines Register. Trump last month asserted that the Bidens should testify in the House’s impeachment inquiry. The House voted late last month to impeach Trump, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.   The president has denied wrongdoing and blasted the impeachment process as a “witch hunt.” Two-thirds of the Republican-led Senate would have to vote for Trump’s ouster in order for him to be removed from office. The Senate’s rules state that an impeachment trial begins the day after the House sends the articles of impeachment to the upper chamber; however, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (D-Calif.) has declined to say when that will be, having taken issue with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) past statement that he would coordinate efforts with the White House. Updated: 12:45 p.m.

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