Intel Dem: No reason for White House to defy subpoena unless Trump is 'guilty'

House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Denny HeckDennis (Denny) Lynn HeckExclusive: Guccifer 2.0 hacked memos expand on Pennsylvania House races Heck enjoys second political wind Incoming lawmaker feeling a bit overwhelmed MORE (D-Wash.) said Friday that there is no reason for the White House to defy a congressional subpoena for Ukraine-related documents unless President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE is "guilty."

Asked what would happen if the White House doesn't comply with the subpoena, Heck told CNN, "Defiance of this act constitutes obstruction of a legitimate congressional inquiry in pursuit of impeachment, and as a consequence of that we will presume or infer that he is not innocent of whatever it is that we're out to verify with the documentation."

"There is no other reason for him to withhold it, to hide it, unless of course he's guilty," he added, referring to Trump. 

House Democrats earlier Friday issued a subpoena to the White House requesting documents related to the president's dealings with Ukraine. Committees also sent a request to Vice President Pence for documents as their impeachment probe heats up.


“We deeply regret that President Trump has put us—and the nation—in this position, but his actions have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJohnson: Whistleblower 'exposed things that didn't need to be exposed' Schiff knocks Mulvaney over failure to testify in impeachment probe Impeachment hearings likely to get worse for Republicans MORE (D-Calif.), Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsMaya Rockeymoore Cummings reports surgery was a success, will return to campaign trail The Hill's Morning Report — Public impeachment drama resumes today Maloney primary challenger calls on her to return, donate previous campaign donations from Trump MORE (D-Md.) and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelOvernight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Bipartisan House members call on Trump to rescind Erdoğan invitation House Democrats pull subpoena for ex-Trump national security official MORE (D-N.Y.) wrote to acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneySondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report Schiff knocks Mulvaney over failure to testify in impeachment probe Lawmakers skeptical of progress on spending deal as wall battle looms MORE.

In their letter, they also warned that defiance of the subpoena would be used as evidence of obstruction. They have given the White House until Oct. 18 to produce the documents. 

The White House said in a statement Friday night that the subpoena "changes nothing – just more document requests, wasted time, and taxpayer dollars that will ultimately show the President did nothing wrong."

"The Do Nothing Democrats can continue with their kangaroo court while the President and his Administration will continue to work on behalf of the American people," White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamTrump: 'Everything very good (great!)' in 'phase one' of physical Trump undergoes 'portions' of annual physical exam Trump opens new line of impeachment attack for Democrats MORE added in the statement.

Last week, Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump's dealings with Ukraine, largely based on a call in which Trump encouraged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to "look into" Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenSondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report Biden says he won't legalize marijuana because it may be a 'gateway drug' Impeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP MORE.

Trump has maintained that his actions were proper while blasting criticism from the few GOP figures who have raised concerns about his efforts.