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

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocratic senators ask Pompeo to provide coronavirus aid to Palestinian territories Seth Meyers returning to late-night TV with 'hybrid episodes' Biden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll MORE (D-Mass.) said Saturday that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Top Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden spar over coronavirus response 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 John TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House 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 MulvaneyMeadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House Meadows set to resign from Congress as he moves to White House Mnuchin emerges as key asset in Trump's war against coronavirus 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 McConnellThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden spar over coronavirus response Senator Tom Coburn's government oversight legacy Schumer praises choice of Defense inspector general to oversee corporate lending fund 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 PenceShortage of medical gear sparks bidding war among states New York Times defends reporter after Trump swipe: Her 'reporting has stood the test of time' Trump approves disaster declaration for Michigan despite sparring with state's governor 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.”