Biden Flip-Flops On Complying With Senate Impeachment Subpoena

Headline Roundup December 29th, 2019

Former Vice President and Democratic presidential primary front-runner Joe Biden has backtracked on comments that he would not comply with a Republican subpoena should members seek his testimony in an upcoming Senate impeachment trial. After telling the Des Moines Register on Friday that he would refuse to cooperate with the order, Biden said yesterday that he would obey any subpoena sent to him, but maintained that he doesn't believe there is "any legal basis for Republican subpoenas for my testimony in the impeachment trial."

Outlets on both sides of the aisle noted the contradictions in the candidate's statements and how quickly he sought to reverse course on the issue. Some pointed out that the White House had also refused to cooperate with the House's impeachment inquiry.

From the Right
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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday told the Des Moines Register editorial board that he would not testify in a Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

"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. The issue is not what I did, not a single person, not one, not a single person, even that thug Guiliani and his (inaudible) compatriots, have said I did anything other than my job,"...

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From the Center
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IOWA CITY, Iowa—Former Vice President Joe Biden pushed back against suggestions he should testify before President Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate, saying the process “is about Trump’s conduct, not mine.”

Mr. Biden, in a series of tweets on Saturday, explained why he planned to refuse to comply with a subpoena if Republicans in the Senate seek his testimony during the upcoming impeachment trial. He said during his lengthy career in the Senate and as vice president that he had “always complied with a lawful order” and “cooperated with legitimate...

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Former Vice President Joe Biden backtracked on his earlier position that he would not comply with a congressional subpoena to testify in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. On Saturday evening, he gave the clearest answer on the issue at a town hall in Fairfield, Iowa by seemingly changing his mind on something he had declared earlier in the day. “Well, first of all, I would obey any subpoena that was sent to me,” he said in answer to a question from an audience member on the issue. “But the point...

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