Biden says he would not comply with a Senate subpoena in the impeachment trial of President Trump

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Former Vice President Joe Biden confirmed on Friday he does not plan to comply with a subpoena to testify in a Senate trial of President Donald Trump.

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives impeached Trump earlier this month, alleging Trump abused his presidential power by tying foreign aid approved by Congress to a politically motivated investigation into a company on which Biden’s son, Hunter, served on the board. 

Leaders in the Democratically controlled House and Republican leadership in the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate are trying to come to terms for an impeachment trial. Biden said in early December he wouldn’t comply with a subpoena by the Senate, and confirmed that statement Friday in an interview with the Des Moines Register’s editorial board. As of Saturday, he has not received a subpoena, but allies of President Trump have floated the idea.   

Biden does not want to testify on the matter before the Senate, Biden said, because it would take attention away from Trump and the allegations against him.  Biden pointed out that, not even that “thug” Rudy Giuliani, has accused Biden of doing anything but his job. Biden also said any attempt to subpoena him would be on “specious” grounds.

Biden said even if he volunteered to testify in an attempt to clear the air, it would have the possibility of letting Trump off the hook.

“What are you going to cover?” Biden said to Register Executive Editor Carol Hunter in response to a question. “You guys are going to cover for three weeks anything that I said. And (Trump’s) going to get away. You guys buy into it all the time. Not a joke … Think what it’s about. It's all about what he does all the time, his entire career. Take the focus off. This guy violated the Constitution. He said it in the driveway of the White House. He acknowledged he asked for help.”

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