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Biden says he would not comply with a Senate subpoena in Trump's impeachment trial

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation Trump campaign eyes election night party at his sold-out DC hotel Harris blasts GOP for confirming Amy Coney Barrett: 'We won't forget this' MORE (D) said Friday that he would not comply with a Senate subpoena to testify in President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE's impeachment trial.

“What are you going to cover?” Biden said when asked about a subpoena in an interview with the Des Moines Register's executive editor Carol Hunter. “You guys are going to cover for three weeks anything that I said. And (Trump’s) going to get away. You guys buy into it all the time. Not a joke."

He went on to say it would be part of Trump's tactic to "take the focus off" himself. 

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"Think what it’s about. It's all about what he does all the time, his entire career. Take the focus off," Biden continued. "This guy violated the Constitution. He said it in the driveway of the White House. He acknowledged he asked for help.”

The comments come as the Senate's timeline for impeachment and witness strategy remains up in the air. 

Lawmakers left the Capitol for their holiday recess without solid plans for a trial after House Democrats decided to delay transmitting the articles to the Senate.

The House voted before the holidays to impeach Trump, accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 

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Under Senate rules, an impeachment trial starts the day after the House transmits the articles to the chamber, unless that day is a Sunday; however, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Businesses, wealthy brace for Biden tax hikes | Dow falls more than 650 points as COVID-19 cases rise, stimulus hopes fade | Kudlow doesn't expect Trump to release detailed economic plan before election Overnight Health Care: US sets a new record for average daily coronavirus cases | Meadows on pandemic response: 'We're not going to control it' | Pelosi blasts Trump for not agreeing to testing strategy Gaffes put spotlight on Meadows at tough time for Trump MORE (D-Calif.) declined to say when the articles would be handed over to the Senate, citing concerns that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote Democrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation GOP Senate confirms Trump Supreme Court pick to succeed Ginsburg MORE (R-Ky.) would not hold a “fair” trial. Her announcement came after a series of behind-the-scenes negotiations on a trial.

McConnell has indicated that he and Republican leadership will cooperate with the White House on the trial. He has also expressed an unwillingness to include witness testimony, which Democrats have demanded.

Biden is indirectly involved with impeachment, as the House inquiry was launched after a whistleblower report showed Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate the former vice president and his son, Hunter Biden.

Trump requested information on the Biden family after Joe Biden pushed for the removal of a Ukrainian prosecutor. Trump and Republicans have suggested corruption by the Bidens because the prosecutor in question was looking into Burisma, a Ukrainian company with ties to Hunter Biden. However, investigations into the matter have shown no wrongdoing by Biden or his son.

Nevertheless, some are still calling for probes of Ukraine and corruption, and false claims that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 presidential election have also resurfaced.

Updated: 8:51 a.m.