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 DemingsWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team Schiff huddles in Capitol with impeachment managers House Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't 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 BoltonDemocrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' Romney pledges 'open mind' ahead of impeachment trial McConnell proposes compressed schedule for impeachment trial MORE and acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyDemocrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' McConnell proposes compressed schedule for impeachment trial Biden campaign warns media about spreading 'malicious and conclusively debunked' claims during impeachment trial 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 John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' 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 NadlerMcConnell locks in schedule for start of impeachment trial Pelosi: Trump's impeachment 'cannot be erased' House to vote Wednesday on sending articles of impeachment to Senate 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 BidenSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team MORE.