Biden remarks on subpoena in a Senate impeachment trial
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said he would 'obey any subpoena' that is sent to him -- his most forceful statement yet to clarify a previous remark that he wouldn't testify in a Senate impeachment trial
Iran Press/America: US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Saturday said he would 'obey any subpoena' that is sent to him; this is his most forceful statement yet to clarify a previous remark that he wouldn't testify in a Senate impeachment trial.
"First of all, I'm going to obey any subpoena that was sent to me," Biden said at a campaign event in Fairfield, Iowa.
The former vice president's comments come one day after he reiterated to the Des Moines Register's editorial board that he wouldn't comply with a subpoena followed by a series of attempts to clarify what he meant.
Biden originally told the newspaper he wouldn't comply "because it's all designed to deal with Donald Trump doing what he's done his whole life trying to take the focus off him."
Biden told the newspaper his testimony would enable the President to "get away" from the trial's focus.
He added: "But I am just not going to pretend that there is any legal basis for Republican subpoenas for my testimony in the impeachment trial. That is the point I was making yesterday and I reiterate: this impeachment is about Trump's conduct, not mine."
Trump who is accused of abusing power for personal benefits and obstructing Congress has denied accusations that he pressed Ukraine for personal gains including against his Democratic presidential election rival Joe Biden. 104/219