As Donald Trump makes it his full-time job to tweet his desperate defenses against the House Democrats’ impeachment efforts, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) is confident that his party has sufficient evidence to win the upcoming impeachment vote and send the case to the Senate for trial.
Appearing on CNN‘s State of the Union this morning, Congressman Nadler left no doubts as to the preponderance of incriminating evidence that the impeachment inquiry has uncovered to date — even in the face of the Trump administration’s obstructive refusal to provide documents and unedited transcripts and to allow testimony from key figures in the Ukraine scandal.
“We have a very rock-solid case,” Nadler told CNN this morning. “I think the case we have, if presented to a jury, would be a guilty verdict in about three minutes flat,” he continued.
Nadler was contemptuous of Republican claims that much of the testimony delivered to date has been second-hand, citing “considerable direct evidence” that renders GOP “nonsense about hearsay evidence” as easily dismissable.
“And it ill behooves a president or his partisans to say you don’t have enough direct evidence when the reason we don’t have even more direct evidence is the president has ordered everybody in the executive branch not to cooperate with Congress in the impeachment inquiry, something that is unprecedented in American history and is a contempt of Congress by itself,” Nadler explained.
“The only testimony we have are from public spirited, patriotic people in the CIA, the Pentagon, the White House itself who came forward and defied the president’s orders and testified,” he pointed out.
The Judiciary Committee chairman appealed to the common sense of a public that is too smart to ignore the fact that if the president or the GOP had “any exculpatory evidence, they would have brought it forward.”
Nadler ensured that he would be the target of endless criticism by Republicans and conservative media by declaring that he would reject the witness requests from the GOP in the next phase of the impeachment hearings as “not relevant” to the charges against the president, saying that the calling of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) to testify would be pointless since he did not witness any of the president’s actions under investigation.
The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to review the evidence from investigators at its meeting tomorrow as the impeachment process continues and to subsequently decide upon the scope of the articles of impeachment to be drafted.
Nadler said that it is “possible” that the entire House of Representatives could be ready to vote on the completed articles of impeachment this week.
You can watch an excerpt from Jerry Nadler’s appearance on CNN‘s State of the Union this morning in the video clip below.
“We have a very rock solid case,” @RepJerryNadler says about the House Democrats' impeachment case. “The case we have if presented to a jury would be a guilty verdict in about three minutes flat.” https://t.co/TWeC2mhpgk #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/QCYqBEcK1G
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) December 8, 2019
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Original reporting by Rebecca Klar at The Hill.
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