Demings: 'We're not willing to play that game' of waiting for officials who refuse to testify

Demings: 'We're not willing to play that game' of waiting for officials who refuse to testify
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Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsThe Hill's Morning Report - Surging COVID-19 infections loom over US, Olympics Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Cuba, Haiti pose major challenges for Florida Democrats MORE (D-Fla.) said Sunday that House Democrats are “not willing to play that game” of waiting to see if the courts will order White House officials to appear before the House committees. 

ABC’s Martha Raddatz asked the Florida Democrat on "This Week" why House Democrats would not wait to see if officials such as former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Bolton: Trump lacked enough 'advance thinking' for a coup MORE and acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE would be required to comply with their subpoenas. 

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Demings responded by saying House Democrats are not planning to “play any games” to delay the impeachment hearing process into President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE

“They want to, what I believe, is to play a political game and tie the process up in the courts as long as they can and run the clock out," she said. “We’re not willing to play that game.” 

The Democrat, who sits on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees, said lawmakers want to obtain “critical” and “very valuable” subpoenaed documents from these witnesses to guide their questions if they testify.

“If they comply with the document requests, I believe it shows the good faith effort on their part to further cooperate with the inquiry,” Demings said. 

A federal judge ruled this week that former White House counsel Don McGahn had to cooperate with House subpoenas for his testimony.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBiden backs effort to include immigration in budget package Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Britney Spears's new attorney files motion to remove her dad as conservator MORE (D-N.Y.) announced the impeachment hearings in his committee will start this week and extended an invitation for the president to participate. 

The Intelligence Committee is expected to send out a report Tuesday night based on its impeachment investigation. House Democrats launched an inquiry into the president after a whistleblower reported that Trump asked the Ukrainian president to look into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP report on COVID-19 origins homes in on lab leak theory READ: The .2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Senators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session MORE.