WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he is opposed to testifying in the Senate impeachment trial in exchange for securing testimony from several key witnesses sought by Democrats because he doesn’t want to participate in “some kind of political theater.”
The 2020 presidential contender made the comment on the campaign trail in Iowa as the first day of opening arguments in the trial unfolded on Capitol Hill. There have been weeks of debate over whether Democrats should engage in a witness trade deal with Republicans.
Biden on Wednesday was asked if he would call the Republicans’ bluff and state that he’d testify if witnesses sought by Democrats go first.
As part of an extended answer in which he defended his son Hunter Biden, whose work in Ukraine is at the center of the impeachment saga, Biden suggested that he opposes such a scenario.
“The reason why I would not make the deal — the bottom line is this is a constitutional issue. And we’re not going to turn it into a farce, into some kind of political theater,” Biden said.