Bi­den ex­plains why he would refuse to tes­tify in Se­nate trial

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — For­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den sought Satur­day to ex­plain why he would defy a con­gres­sional sub­poena if called to tes­tify in the Se­nate trial of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, tweet­ing that he has al­ways fol­lowed the law but that there was no “le­gal ba­sis” for him to be called as a wit­ness in the im­peach­ment pro­ceed­ings.

Some con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans have ar­gued that Bi­den and his son

Hunter must pro­vide tes­ti­mony about their en­gage­ments in Ukraine. Democrats have said this is ir­rel­e­vant to the ques­tion of whether Trump abused his power when he asked Ukrainian Pres­i­dent Volodymyr Ze­len­skiy to launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Bi­dens.

White House of­fi­cials and Trump al­lies ig­nored House sub­poe­nas to tes­tify at Trump’s di­rec­tion. The House voted on Dec. 18 to im­peach Trump.

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