UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Joe Biden, who aspires to win the Democratic nomination for the upcoming US presidential election, said on Saturday that there is no “legal basis” for Republicans to call him to testify at President Donald Trump’s trial, explaining Friday’s comments that drew sharp criticism.
“I would like to clarify something that I said yesterday,” Biden said on Twitter. For the past 40 years I spent in public life I have always been in compliance with the law, and during the eight years I spent as vice president my office has been collaborating with the legitimate demands of Congress … unlike Donald Trump and (his deputy) Mike Pence.”
“But I will not pretend that there is any legal basis for issuing summonses from Republicans to testify in (Trump’s) trial,” he added.
These statements come a day after a press interview in which he said that he would not comply with a request to summon the Senate, because that would be a tactical step by Trump to divert attention away from the violations committed by the President.
Some legal experts and commentators have criticized Biden for the comments, noting that the White House’s refusal to heed congressional requests was among the reasons for which Trump was brought to trial.
The Democrat-dominated House of Representatives sent Trump to trial on December 18 after he charged him with two counts of pressure on Ukraine to open an investigation with Biden and his son. He accused Trump of abuse of power and obstructing the congressional investigation.
Trump said he has not committed any wrongdoing.
The trial is slated to take place in the Republican-dominated Senate to determine whether Trump deserves to be removed.
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to send to the Senate the list of charges on which the trial will be held in an attempt to pressure Republicans to reach agreement with Democrats on the rules and procedures of the trial.
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