As his former campaign chairman Joe Biden faces an unprecedented federal trial on corruption charges, it’s unclear exactly what the former vice president will say to jurors.
But in his opening statement Thursday, Biden’s attorney asked the court to be mindful of how it could affect Biden’s credibility in the public eye.
“We ask the court not to read into this a statement he made in the past or to cast doubt on his integrity in the future,” Robert Capers wrote in his closing arguments.
Biden is the third-highest-ranking Democrat to go to trial on federal corruption charges since a former White House adviser, Andrew Weissmann, was convicted in September of charges that he accepted millions in kickbacks from former aides in exchange for favorable treatment.
Biden’s trial is scheduled to begin next month in New York.
It’s possible Biden could be asked to testify to the grand jury, which is conducting a separate investigation into whether the former White New York mayor illegally steered millions of dollars in federal funds to his family foundation.
Prosecutors say Weissmann used the foundation to benefit his wife, Jill Biden, a top aide to President Donald Trump.
Biden has been a central figure in the probe.
Prosecutors allege that the former campaign chief of staff accepted millions of taxpayer dollars in bribes and kickbacks in exchange to help a former aide get an appointment to the White House, according to court filings.
Prosecutors also allege that Weissmann solicited tens of thousands of dollars from a former campaign aide to help him land a job with the White, in a scheme that netted $10 million in fees, according a summary of the criminal case obtained by CNN.
Biden, however, maintains his innocence.
The former president has denied wrongdoing.
The allegations against him are part of a larger investigation that has been the subject of intense scrutiny for years, and Biden’s lawyers have said they’re prepared to fight the charges.
Biden and his wife have faced numerous allegations of wrongdoing since they were married in 1975.
The most recent allegations have focused on the former president’s son, Beau, who was involved in the 2016 presidential election, and his role in the White Senate, which was in transition as the president announced his reelection bid.
Biden was born in Chicago in 1946, according, to a 2016 biography of him.
In 2016, he said he would be stepping down from the Whitehouse to take care of family matters, but then said the focus would be on running the WhiteHouse.
The current president has not commented on the allegations.
Biden served as Biden’s chief of campaign until January, when he was forced to resign amid a sexual harassment scandal involving his then-campaign manager, Jill Stein.
During his time as vice president, Biden helped push through several major economic legislation.
The Biden family’s foundation has received millions in federal money in the last few years.
The foundation’s chief executive, Joe Nacchio, has also been charged with several federal crimes, including money laundering, conspiracy, wire fraud and mail fraud.
His lawyers have denied any wrongdoing.
They’ve said the foundation’s tax returns were not public because the foundation was an individual charity, not a nonprofit organization.
The White House says its finances are fully audited.
Biden will appear for a closed-door hearing with federal prosecutors at 1 p.m.
ET in Manhattan, according.
The hearing will not be broadcast on television, but the president’s lawyers will say Biden will speak by phone from the witness stand.
Biden said he has “a great respect for this court” in the case.
“My only focus is the United States of America, and I am confident that I will be able to put the allegations against me and my family members to rest once and for all,” he said in a statement.