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

Rep. Val Demings (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 like former national security adviser John Bolton and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney would be required to comply with their subpoenas. 

Demings responded by saying the House Democrats are not planning to “play any games” to delay the impeachment hearing process into President Trump

“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 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 a 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.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (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 Biden.

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