Biden Backtracks On Refusal To Testify In Impeachment Trial, Says He’ll ‘Obey Any Subpoena’

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign stop in Algona, Iowa on December 2, 2019. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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December 29, 2019 1:41 p.m.
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2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Saturday night walked back his declaration that he would not comply with a potential subpoena in President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial.

“I would obey any subpoena that was sent to me,” Biden told town hall participants in Fairfield, Iowa.

The candidate said the point he was making in his previous comments about subpoenas is that “the only rational reason” for him to be called to testify in the impeachment trial would be if he could shed light on whether Trump “committed the crimes he’s accused of.”

“And there‚Äôs no reason to believe I would have any notion of whether he committed that crime,” he continued.

Biden had told the Des Moines Register on Friday that he stood by his stated refusal to cooperate if the GOP-controlled Senate subpoenaed him for a testimony, which Biden said would only serve to “take of the focus off” of Trump’s wrongdoing.

On Saturday morning, the former vice president clarified that while he has “always complied with a lawful order,” he was “just not going to pretend that there is any legal basis for Republican subpoenas” in the impeachment trial.

Watch Biden below:

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