After Joe Biden made news by repeatedly insisting on camera in a Friday interview that he would not comply with a potential Senate subpoena to testify, his 2020 presidential rival Elizabeth Warren said that “if there is a lawfully issued order for a subpoena, then he should follow it.”
Oh-oh … can you picture the scaly Dem snake starting to eat itself?
.@ewarren says if Congress issues @JoeBiden a subpoena in the impeachment trial, he should appear. “He has said he always follows lawfully issued orders, and if there is a lawfully issued order for a subpoena, then he should follow it” (Qs from @KimNorvellDMR & @AsteadWesley) pic.twitter.com/bI84WObmSm
— Zak Hudak (@cbszak) December 29, 2019
But alas, Biden, the front runner in the Democrat race for the nomination, recognized the familiar taste of political betrayal and he reversed course on Saturday, seemingly implying in a tweet that he would cooperate “with legitimate congressional oversight requests.” In a three-part tweet, Biden tried to “clarify” his prior statement about refusing to honor a subpoena.
I want to clarify something I said yesterday. In my 40 years in public life, I have always complied with a lawful order and in my eight years as VP, my office — unlike Donald Trump and Mike Pence — cooperated with legitimate congressional oversight requests.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 28, 2019
The subpoenas should go to witnesses with testimony to offer to Trump’s shaking down the Ukraine government — they should go to the White House.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 28, 2019
How can politicians look at themselves in the mirror?
At a town hall following those squirmy, vague, non-committal tweets, Biden more clearly told reporters that he would “honor whatever the Congress in fact legitimately asked me to do.” Still, he left open the possibility that he would challenge a subpoena in court.
BIDEN further clarifies whether he would comply with a Senate subpoena, telling reporters he would indeed do so. But when pressed on whether he’d challenge the subpoena in court, Biden said “let’s cross that bridge when it comes.”
More from the exchange in my wrap note –> pic.twitter.com/9YKJvamRbF
— Marianna Sotomayor (@MariannaNBCNews) December 28, 2019
According to NBC reporter Marianna Sotomayor, Biden continued to insist that he saw no legal grounds for Congress to call him forward during a Trump impeachment trial which is expected to begin in January.
“The whole point of this is anyone subpoenaed relating to this investigation with the president has to be able to have some knowledge to shed on whether or not he committed the offenses he is accused of committing. I have no first-hand knowledge,” he said.
In all of this, there is no recognition by Biden of the irony in the fact that in the Trump article of impeachment alleging obstruction of Congress is a citation for the administration’s refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas.
As for Warren’s comments about a Biden subpoena, she did toe the party line that a Senate trial is about alleged wrongdoing by Trump, and not about wrongdoing by others. “Donald Trump is being impeached for abuse of power and that’s where our focus should be,” Warren said. “Shame on him for trying to switch this over to something else.”
It’s not just conservatives who are jumping on Biden about his subpoena comments, as progressives are getting increasingly aggressive in the snake pit …
She is right. And I am a Biden voter.
— Randy Freisinger (@RandyFreisinge1) December 29, 2019
They changed that tune quickly. Don’t think Dems, Independents, and cool Republicans leaning Bernie don’t see through the disrespect of Joe Biden. I’m not sure how Joe can walk with one foot stuck in his mouth.
— Raise d ante (@RaiseDAnte) December 29, 2019
— ♛GENIUSESQ™ (@alix_real) December 29, 2019
The Law is the Law unless your last name is Biden, then you get a “Get Out of Jail FREE” card and take a vacation.
— Stephen Lord (@StephenLord20) December 29, 2019
Since when did democrat politicians abide by the law?!?
— SuperDaveO (@SuperDaveO1) December 29, 2019
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