One of the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump alleges “obstruction of Congress,” a charge that is centered around the president’s staunch refusal to cooperate with the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, especially a refusal to comply with subpoenas for documents and testimony from various administration officials.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, a top 2020 contender for the Democrat nomination, just vowed to do the exact same thing for which Trump is being impeached, making it clear that he would refuse to comply with a subpoena from the Senate to testify in an impeachment trial, Breitbart reported.
Biden argued that there was no legitimate basis for him to be called to testify in such a trial and that his doing so would only serve as “diversion” that would allow Trump to shift the focus away from his own conduct and “get away” with the offenses of which he stands accused.
Biden won’t comply
The former vice president’s remarks came during an interview with the Des Moines Register, during which he was asked to clarify a statement made earlier in the month indicating that he would refuse to comply if the Republican-controlled Senate issued a subpoena for him to testify in an impeachment trial.
Biden reaffirmed his intended noncompliance and said, “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.”
Pause for a second and consider what Biden said. President Trump, if anything, is the quintessential center of attention who always seeks the spotlight and has never sought to shift the focus away from himself. So, that’s strike one for Joe right there.
Professing his innocence
Biden continued: “The issue is not what I did. Not a single person — not one single person, even that thug [Rudy] Giuliani and his…compatriots have said I did anything other than my job. Every one of the people who’ve sworn testimony, worked for him, said Biden did his job and he did it well.”
Right there is strike two for Joe, as Giuliani and many others — even some on the left — have certainly alleged that Biden, as well as his son Hunter, have done things that, if not distinctly criminal, are at least questionable and likely unethical.
Returning to the possibility of being subpoenaed for an impeachment trial, Biden said, “This is all about a diversion, and we play [Trump’s] game all the time. He’s done it his whole career.” He then proceeded to offer up a defense of his dubious actions in Ukraine in which he forced the firing of a top prosecutor in exchange for a billion dollars in U.S. aid — the same sort of “quid pro quo” for which Trump is being impeached. Strike three.
Asked if his planned defiance of a subpoena would create the appearance of placing himself “above the law” — another common critique lobbed at Trump — Biden said, “Well, look, the grounds for them to call me would be overwhelmingly specious, but, so, I don’t anticipate that happening anyway.”
He went on to say that if he were to voluntarily testify, the media would only cover what he said and allow Trump to “get away,” saying of the Register’s reporter and journalists in general, “You guys buy into it all of the time. Not a joke, think about it.”
Biden emphatically reiterated his belief that the focus needed to kept sharply on Trump and not on himself, and even threw in an obligatory reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin for good measure. Watch his full diatribe right here:
— Des Moines Register (@DMRegister) December 28, 2019