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 TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' 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 SchiffThe strange case of 'Dr. Trump' and 'Mr. Tweet' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump faces backlash for comparing impeachment to 'lynching' House Republican: Schiff 'should not be leading this whole inquiry' MORE (D-Calif.), Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBlack lawmakers condemn Trump's 'lynching' remarks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Better Medicare Alliance - Trump's impeachment plea to Republicans Diplomat who raised Ukraine concerns to testify in Trump impeachment probe MORE (D-Md.) and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelDemocrats say they have game changer on impeachment Paul blocks vote on House-passed Syria resolution for second time Overnight Defense: Trump weighs leaving some troops in Syria to 'secure the oil' | US has pulled 2,000 troops from Afghanistan | Pelosi leads delegation to Afghanistan, Jordan MORE (D-N.Y.) wrote to acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyDemocrats say they have game changer on impeachment Trump urged to hire chief strategist for impeachment fight Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations 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 GrishamDiplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations White House to cancel subscriptions to New York Times, Washington Post after Trump remarks Bill Press: Mulvaney proves need for daily briefings 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 BidenSupport for impeachment inches up in poll Overnight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Democrats say they have game changer on impeachment MORE.

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