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Title: Joe Biden Pledges to Not Comply with Senate Subpoena in Impeachment Trial
Source: Breitbart
URL Source: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/ ... subpoena-in-impeachment-trial/
Published: Dec 10, 2019
Author: Haris Alic
Post Date: 2019-12-11 02:50:50 by nolu chan
Keywords: None
Views: 92
Comments: 4

Joe Biden Pledges to Not Comply with Senate Subpoena in Impeachment Trial

By Haris Alic
Breitbart
10 Dec 2019

Joe Biden is promising to not comply if subpoenaed by lawmakers to testify at the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the United States Senate.

The former vice president, who had already ruled out voluntarily testifying at the impeachment proceedings, told NPR in an interview published on Monday he would not cooperate with a subpoena.

“No, I’m not going to let you take the eye off the ball here. Everybody knows what this is about,” Biden said. “This is a Trump gambit he plays. Whenever he’s in trouble he tries to find someone else to divert attention to.”

When pressed, Biden stood resolute, claiming there was not “one scintilla of evidence” he did anything wrong.

“No, I will not yield to what everybody is looking for here,” the former vice president said. “And that is to take the eye off the ball.”

The refusal comes as Senate Republicans have signaled it would be inappropriate for the impeachment proceedings, let alone a trial, to progress without the former vice president or his youngest son, Hunter, providing testimony. At the forefront of this push have been Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), who have opened investigations into Hunter Biden’s work overseas and if he benefited from connections to the Obama-era White House.

Graham and others are looking, in particular, into the younger Biden’s ties to Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

“I believe that Hunter Biden’s association on [Burisma’s] board doesn’t pass the smell test,” Graham said last month when arguing the Bidens should testify. “If a Republican was in the same boat they would be eaten alive by the media.”

Joe Biden’s outright refusal to testify foreshadows a future standoff between the former vice president and his one-time Senate colleagues, like Graham, is on the horizon, especially as House Democrats move closer to impeachment. The potential drama underscores just how central Joe and Hunter Biden are to the Democrats’ case for removing Trump from office.

The controversy started when Trump suggested over the summer that the Ukrainian government investigate Hunter Biden’s ties to Burisma. The younger Biden secured an appointment to the natural gas company’s board in May 2014 despite no background in the energy industry or Ukraine.

More troubling was the fact that Hunter Biden’s appointment, which paid at time as much as $83,000 per month, seemed to coincide with his father being tapped to lead the Obama administration’s policy in Ukraine in response to Russia’s invasion of Crimea.

As Peter Schweizer detailed in Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends, Hunter Biden’s background in banking, lobbying, and hedge fund management paled in comparison to that of current and past members of Burisma’s board.

Adding to concerns was that Hunter Biden joined the company at a time when it was actively courting western leaders to prevent scrutiny of its practices. The same month as the appointment, Mykola Zlochevsky, Burisma’s founder, had his assets frozen in the United Kingdom on suspicion of money laundering. A Ukrainian official with ties to Zlochevsky admitted in October the only reason Hunter Biden secured his position with Burisma was to “protect” the company from foreign scrutiny.

It is in the context of Burisma and Zlochevsky’s legal troubles that Joe Biden’s political influence has raised the most red flags. The former vice president has particularly drawn questions over his conduct in demanding the Ukrainian government fire its top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, in 2016.

Joe Biden, who has publicly bragged about the firing, reportedly threatened to withhold more than $1 billion in U.S. aid if the Ukrainian government did not remove Shokin. He has claimed the demand came from then-President Barack Obama, who had allegedly lost faith in the prosecutor’s ability to tackle corruption.

Unofficially, though, it was known that Shokin was investigating both Burisma and Zlochevsky for public corruption. It is uncertain if the probe extended to Hunter Biden, although Shokin has recently admitted that prior to his ouster, he was warned to back off the matter.

Regardless of what occurred, Shokin’s successor, who is now himself being investigated for public corruption, dropped the investigation into Burisma.

Since the start of the impeachment inquiry, all of those potential conflicts of interest have spilled out into the open. Many, like Graham, contend that even if Joe Biden and his son did nothing wrong, they should still testify given how muddled the situation has become. Joe Biden, for his part, disagrees.

“Everybody knows the issue here is not what I did, because no one has a proved one scintilla of evidence that I did anything other than do my job for America as well as anybody could have done it,” the former vice president told NPR over the weekend.

“I did my job incredibly well,” he added.

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#1. To: All (#0)

The Senate has some fetish about mandatory attendance. If ordered by the Senate to appear, Joe Biden will appear or he will be dragged in by Marshal Corn Pop. All Senators are on mandatory attendance. An impeachment trial is not a House inquiry by a committee. Attendance is not optional and disobedience is subject to summary punishment. They have a cell for that.

RULES OF PROCEDURE AND PRACTICE IN THE SENATE SITTING ON IMPEACHMENT TRIALS

[Revised pursuant to S. Res. 479, 99-2, Aug. 16, 1986]

VI. The Senate shall have power to compel the attendance of witnesses, to enforce obedience to its orders, mandates, writs, precepts, and judgments, to preserve order, and to punish in a summary way contempts of, and disobedience to, its authority, orders, mandates, writs, precepts, or judgments, and to make all lawful orders, rules, and regulations which it may deem essential or conducive to the ends of justice. And the Sergeant at Arms, under the direction of the Senate, may employ such aid and assistance as may be necessary to enforce, execute, and carry into effect the lawful orders, mandates, writs, and precepts of the Senate.

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Senate Impeachment Rules

March 2, 1868

VI. The Senate shall have power to compel the attendance of witnesses, to enforce obedience to its orders, mandates, writs, precepts, and judgments, to preserve order, and to punish in a summary way contempts of and disobedience to its authority, orders, mandates, writs, precepts, or judgments, and to make all lawful orders, rules and regulations, which it may deem essential or conducive to the ends of justice. And the Sergeant-at-arms, under the direction the Senate, may employ such aid and assistance as may be necessary to enforce, executive, and carry into effect the lawful orders, mandates, writs, and precepts of the Senate.

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PROCEDURE AND GUIDELINES FOR IMPEACHMENT TRIALS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE (REVISED EDITION)

PREPARED PURSUANT TO SENATE RESOLUTION 439, 99TH CONGRESS, 2D SESSION

August 15, 1986

Subpenas

Enforcement of:

In the trial of Secretary of War Belknap in 1876, a witness attempted to withhold certain evidence which he claimed was "privileged communications." The President pro tempore submitted the question to the Senate as to whether the witness should produce the evidence and it was decided in the affirmative.246

The Senate discussed on an earlier occasion how the Sergeant at Arms might enforce its subpena. In 1868 during the trial of Andrew Johnson, there was a discussion of the power of the Sergeant at Arms to summon a posse comitatus247 and finally the following wording was adopted regarding the powers of the Sergeant at Arms:

. . . And the Sergeant at Arms, under the direction of the Senate, may employ such aid and assistance as may be necessary to enforce, execute, and carry into effect the lawful orders, mandates, writs, and precepts of the Senate.248
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246 July 8, 1876. 44–1, vol. 4, part 7, Record, p. 216.
247 March 2, 1868, 40-2, Congressional Globe, pp. 1526–33.
248 Rule VI, Senate Rules of Impeachment.

nolu chan  posted on  2019-12-11   2:52:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: nolu chan (#1)

" Joe Biden will appear or he will be dragged in by Marshal Corn Pop "

LOL !!!!

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

"No one ever rescues an old dog. They lay in a cage until they die. PLEASE save one. None of us wants to die cold and alone... --Dennis Olson "

People that say money can't buy you happiness, have never paid an adoption fee

Stoner  posted on  2019-12-11   6:48:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: nolu chan (#1)

Plenty of room for Biden and Trump in Supermax.

Fearless Leader and Biden can keep the livestock mesmerized for decades if the two of them are assigned conjoined cells with a live feed 24x7.

Judas Goat  posted on  2019-12-11   9:58:40 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: nolu chan (#0) (Edited)

Joe Biden Pledges to Not Comply with Senate Subpoena in Impeachment Trial

Winsey Gwam: Stwike him centuwion - vewy wufly!


Winsey Gwam: What's so funny about Biggus Dickus?

{ centurions snickering }

Judas Goat  posted on  2019-12-11   10:04:35 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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