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Biden Says He Won't Testify in Impeachment Proceedings

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden approaches reporters to answer questions following a campaign stop at Lindy's Diner in Keene, N.H., Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he will not testify in the impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump over the so-called quid pro quo involving Ukraine President Zelensky.

When asked if he’d appear voluntarily, Biden said, “No, I’m not going to let them take their eye off the ball. The president is the one who has committed impeachable crimes. I’m not going to let him diverge from that. I’m not going to let anyone diverge from that.”

President Trump told President Zelensky in the infamous phone call that he might want to look into the Biden’s connection to Burisma, and Joe’s role in getting the prosecutor investigating Burisma fired. While Joe may not want to appear voluntarily, if impeachment goes to the Senate, it’s very possible that both Joe Biden and his son Hunter could be called as witnesses.

While President Zelensky has even denied there was a quid pro quo, what hasn’t been properly investigated yet is the corruption involving the Bidens and Ukraine. In fact, every single one of Adam Schiff’s witnesses agreed that there was, at a minimum, the appearance of a potential conflict of interest. The Obama State Department was even worried about potential corruption with Hunter Biden on Burisma’s board. This is something that requires an investigation if this impeachment business is going to be done properly. It should be determined whether Trump was justified in including the Bidens as part of his desire to see Ukraine clean up corruption.

That Joe Biden won’t voluntarily testify looks pretty darn bad. He’s not personally on trial, and therefore has no reason to want to avoid testifying.

Unless Quid Pro Joe has something to hide.

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Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis