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Biden Would Not Testify At Impeachment Trial: "Not Going To Turn It Into Farce, Political Theater"

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Former Vice President Joe Biden flatly refused to appear as a witness at the impeachment trial for President Trump at a campaign stop in Iowa on Wednesday.

In response to a question about rumors that Republican and Democratic Senators were considering the idea of trading testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton for an appearance by Biden or his son Hunter.

Biden said Republicans are trying to turn the impeachment trial in "political theater" and a "farce."

The core allegation against President Trump is that he threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine unless that country publicly announced an investigation into claims that Biden's son Hunter was inappropriately given a seat on the board of a Ukrainian gas company called Burisma.

"[Hunter] said it was a mistake for him to have [taken the board position] because he didn't expect thugs like Giuliani and others using at a means of trying to hurt his father," Biden said. "No one says he did anything wrong, but people say, 'Well what about the appearance?'"

"The reason I would not make the deal, the bottom line is, this is a constitutional issue.
We’re not going to turn it into a farce or political theater. I want no part of that," he said about the idea of testifying as part of a witness swap. "I’m not going to play his game."

"They are trying to turn it into political theater," he added. "But I want no part of being any part of that. And I have no problem, as you'll find out the rest of this campaign, debating Trump, debating the majority leader, debating Lindsey Graham, debating any of these guys. I don't have any problem."

FORMER VP JOE BIDEN: Nobody has suggested that my son did anything wrong. He went on public and did a long interview with The New Yorker magazine, and he said he thought he made a big mistake going on the board. No one says he did anything wrong, but people say, "Well what about the appearance?"

He said it was a mistake for him to have done it because he didn't expect thugs like Giuliani and others using at a means of trying to hurt his father.

There's nobody that's indicated there's a single solitary thing he did that was inappropriate, wrong ... other than the appearance. It looked bad because he was there. He did not sign up for a second term on that board. But he acknowledges, he acknowledges that he, in fact, made a mistake going on the board.

But what I'm not going to let happen is -- think about everything that President Trump does from the time he was a real estate guy. That is, whenever he has a problem he tries to blame somebody else. He tries to divert the attention. Why do you think the House indicted him in the first place? Because he picked up the phone and called the newly elected Prime Minister (President) -- apparently, based on the evidence -- and said he would withhold $400 million in aid that you need to keep the Russians from killing your citizens unless you announce you're going to investigate Joe Biden.

Now, why do you think he did that?

AUDIENCE MEMBER: He's scared.

BIDEN: Well yeah, he's scared, but beyond that, George Washington in his --

The reason I would not make the deal, the bottom line is, this is a constitutional issue.
We’re not going to turn it into a farce or political theater.

They are trying to turn it into political theater. But I want no part of being any part of that. And I have no problem, as you'll find out the rest of this campaign, debating Trump, debating the majority leader, debating Lindsey Graham, debating any of these guys. I don't have any problem. Look at my career, 36 years in the Senate, they have problems debating me.



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