In his most definitive remarks to date about the possibility that either he or his son might testify in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, Joe Biden said Wednesday that he wanted to part of the “witness reciprocity” deal that Republicans have floated to Democrats. While it seems reasonably fair to make a deal with Democrats – you get a witness, we get a witness – Biden clamped the door shut on the deal in Osage, Iowa.
Asked by a voter if he would offer to testify in Washington if it meant Democrats could call in Mick Mulvaney or John Bolton as part of a trade, Biden said that while it was “not an irrational question to ask,” he wasn’t down for the deal.
“The reason I would not make the deal, the bottom line is, this is a constitutional issue,” Biden said. “We’re not going to turn it into a farce or to some kind of political theater. They’re trying to do that. I want no part of that. I’m not going to play his game. The Senate job is now to try him. My job is to beat him.”
Well, Joe, we’ve got a couple of pieces of bad news to deliver. One, you’re not going to beat Donald Trump, even if that is your “job.” More to the point, though, your fear that the impeachment trial might devolve “into a farce or to some kind of political theater” is not well-founded. The same way it would be groundless for us to fear that a socialist like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might one day be elected to Congress. It makes no sense to fear things that have already happened. And the impeachment inquiry/vote/trial of President Donald Trump has been a farce since the beginning.
Would inviting Biden or his son, Hunter, to testify make things worse? We don’t see how. At least then the American people could be granted a better glimpse of exactly WHY President Trump was so interested in having Ukraine conduct an investigation. We’d say that’s important, wouldn’t you? You know, seeing as how this is what the ENTIRE IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION is about?
But that’s fine, Joe. Stay on the sidelines and keep pretending that none of this has anything to do with your son’s cushy gas company job or your interference with a Ukrainian investigation. Go out and tell your 15-attendee town halls that you’re above it all. That this is just a vague “constitutional issue” that is unrelated to what you did as vice president. If and when you get to the general election, the truth will be waiting there for you.