Biden clarifies previous statements about not testifying in Senate impeachment trial

Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Murkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump| Esper orders hundreds of active-duty troops outside DC sent home day after reversal | Iran releases US Navy veteran Michael White Davis: 72 hours cementing the real choice for November OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs order removing environmental reviews for major projects | New Trump air rule will limit future pollution regulations, critics say | DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden plan MORE on Saturday clarified a prior statement that he would not comply with a Senate subpoena in President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 MORE's impeachment trial, saying that the matter concerns "Trump’s conduct, not mine."

"I have always complied with a lawful order and in my eight years as VP, my office — unlike Donald Trump and Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence threatens to deploy military if Pennsylvania governor doesn't quell looting Pence on Floyd: 'No tolerance for racism' in US Pence chief of staff owns stock affected by boss's coronavirus work: report MORE — cooperated with legitimate congressional oversight requests," the former vice president said on Twitter. 

"But I am just not going to pretend that there is any legal basis for Republican subpoenas for my testimony in the impeachment trial," he continued. "That is the point I was making yesterday and I reiterate: this impeachment is about Trump’s conduct, not mine."

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Biden has not been subpoenaed, but he told the Des Moines Register on Friday that if he were subpoenaed in the trial, he would not not comply.
 
"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," he told the paper. 
 
Trump was impeached after a July 25 phone call in which he asked Ukraine's president to look into unsubstantiated allegations of corruption against Biden and his son. 
 
Some of the president's allies have floated the idea of subpoenaing the former vice president, who has denied wrongdoing, according to the Des Moines Register.
 
Trump last month asserted that the Bidens should testify in the House's impeachment inquiry.
 
The House voted late last month to impeach Trump, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.  
 
The president has denied wrongdoing and blasted the impeachment process as a "witch hunt."
 
Two-thirds of the Republican-led Senate would have to vote for Trump's ouster in order for him to be removed from office.
 
The Senate's rules state that an impeachment trial begins the day after the House sends the articles of impeachment to the upper chamber; however, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: 'Scary' to see uniformed troops on steps of Lincoln Memorial Pelosi: Democrats to unveil sweeping criminal justice proposal Monday Pelosi demands Trump clarify deployment of unidentified law enforcement in DC MORE (D-Calif.) has declined to say when that will be, having taken issue with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) past statement that he would coordinate efforts with the White House.
 
Updated: 12:45 p.m.