Biden pressed for Shokin's removal during his time as vice president in the spring of 2016, amid pressure from USA lawmakers and allies who believed the official was corrupt.
"I'm not going to play his game", Biden added.More news: Wendy Williams And Kevin Hunter Are Officially Divorced!
Biden again defended his son and said Trump always "blames somebody else, tries to divert the attention" when the focus is on him. "My job is to beat him" in the November election.
"The reason why I would not make the deal, the bottom line is, I, this is a constitutional issue". When the company was being investigated for corruption, Hunter's father and then-Vice President Joe Biden reportedly pressured Ukraine to fire the lead prosecutor Viktor Shokin. "That's not the objective of the trial and the senators should not allow it to be abused in that way", Schiff told reporters.
"This isn't 'We'll offer you this if you'll give us that; we'll offer you a witness that is irrelevant in material, who has no relevant testimony, but a witness that will allow us to smear a presidential candidate if you want to get a legitimate witness, '" Schiff continued. That's not a trade.More news: Gyms Now Offering Perks For Working Out With An Apple Watch
"That's off the table", Schumer said flatly in response to a question posed by Blaze Media.
"Every witness with knowledge of this issue testified that Biden was following official US policy in calling for Shokin's removal", said Garcia, who noted that the move was supported by a bipartisan group of senators, including Republicans Rob Portman and Ron Johnson.
"I think the House managers made a very serious strategic error today", Cruz told ABC News. "First of all, the Republicans have the right to bring in any witness they want".More news: Victor Moses Signs For Inter Milan On Loan
Additionally, Garcia said that President Donald Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate the Bidens for his own personal political gain, not because he wanted to crack down on corruption, as Trump's lawyers have claimed.