Witnesses are a contentious issue in President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. While the parties are mostly deadlocked on the issue of new testimony, some have suggested calling Joe or Hunter Biden to appear in exchange for testimony from former National Security Advisor John Bolton or current White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
However, the former vice president is ending the speculation by making it clear that he isn’t on board.
“They are playing this game,” The Washington Times quoted Biden as saying during a town hall event this week in Iowa.
“What Trump has done his whole career, whenever he is in trouble, he tries to blame somebody else, divert attention.”
“This is a constitutional issue and we are not going to turn it into a farce — some kind of political theater,” he went on. “They are trying to turn it into a political theater.”
Biden doubled down on that contention Wednesday, insisting, “He said it was a mistake for him having done it because he didn’t count on thugs like [Rudy] Guilliani and others using it as a means to hurt his father.”
A questionable history
Potential corruption on the part of Biden and his son were the focus of Trump’s July telephone call with the Ukrainian leader
In 2016, Joe Biden was caught bragging at a Council on Foreign Relations event that he threatened to withhold aid from Ukraine unless its government fired state prosecutor Viktor Shokin.
“I said I’m telling you, you’re not getting a billion dollars,” Biden was heard recalling. “I said you’re not getting a billion, and I’m going to be leaving here in I think it about 6 hours. I’m leaving in six hours, if the prosecutor’s not fired, you’re not getting the money.”
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“Well son of b—h,” Biden gloated, “he got fired.” Shokin has said in a sworn affidavit that he was forced out for investigating Burisma, the oil and gas giant that employed Hunter Biden.
Biden has also claimed to have never discussed Burisma with his son, but Fox News published a photo last year of him and his son golfing in 2014 with another member of the company’s board.
Biden remains the Democratic front runner: a poll by Focus on Rural America was released on Monday showing him at the head of the pack in Iowa.