Warren: 'If there's a lawful order on a subpoena, then I assume' Biden would comply

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPoll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Biden eyes new path for Fed despite Powell pick Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Storms a growing danger for East Coast MORE (D-Mass.) said Saturday that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSouth Africa health minister calls travel bans over new COVID variant 'unjustified' Biden attends tree lighting ceremony after day out in Nantucket Senior US diplomat visiting Southeast Asia to 'reaffirm' relations MORE should comply with any lawfully issued Senate subpoena after Biden suggested he would not do so. However, she also said the focus should remain on the officials the White House has ordered to defy subpoenas.

On the campaign trail in Iowa, the Massachusetts senator commented on Biden's involvement as a witness in the impending impeachment trial to a gaggle of press. A reporter for CBS, Zak Hudak, shared footage of the lawmaker on Twitter. 

Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE is being impeached for abuse of power, and that’s where our focus should be. Shame on him for trying to switch this over to something else,” Warren told reporters in Iowa. “But Joe Biden has said that he has always abided by every lawful order, and if there’s a lawful order on a subpoena, then I assume he would follow it.”

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“Right now, we should be focusing on the subpoenas that have already been issued for [former White House counsel] Don McGahn and for [acting White House chief of staff] Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyJan. 6 committee issues latest round of subpoenas for rally organizers The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - To vote or not? Pelosi faces infrastructure decision Jan. 6 panel subpoenas 11, including Pierson, other rally organizers MORE, who have firsthand knowledge of what the president did,” she added.

“That’s where the testimony should come from in this impeachment trial, but that’s the part that [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE and the president just don’t want to put out there in public, and that’s wrong,” she said.

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Asked to clarify whether she believed Biden should comply with any subpoenas, Warren responded, “He should, and I assume that he will follow it.”

Biden told the Des Moines Register that he would not comply with a subpoena in the Senate impeachment trial, telling the newspaper, “It's all designed to deal with Trump doing what he's done his whole life, trying to take the focus off him.”

He clarified his stance Saturday, tweeting, "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 PenceTrump endorses challenger to Hogan ally in Maryland governor's race Pence to headline New Hampshire event focused on Biden spending plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Arbery case, Biden spending bill each test views of justice MORE — cooperated with legitimate congressional oversight requests," but he added that he was “not going to pretend that there is any legal basis for Republican subpoenas for my testimony in the impeachment trial.”