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 DemingsPelosi faces tough choices on impeachment managers Impeachment inquiry enters critical new phase Lawmakers turn attention to potential witnesses at Judiciary impeachment hearings 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 gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Kim Jong Un cannot afford to fail again The shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley MORE and acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyDemocrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Gaetz defends Ukraine call: Trump acted on 'sincere' concerns of corruption Judiciary Democrat says House should focus on Ukraine, avoid Mueller report in articles of impeachment MORE would be required to comply with their subpoenas. 

Demings responded by saying House Democrats are not planning to “play any games” to delay the impeachment hearing process into President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades 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 NadlerLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Trump: Fox News 'panders' to Democrats by having on liberal guests Democrats express confidence in case as impeachment speeds forward 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 BidenBiden: Buttigieg 'doesn't have significant black support even in his own city' Biden: 'I'd add' Warren to my list of potential VP picks How can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? MORE.