Jerry Nadler asserted Sunday that Democrats in the House have a 'rock solid' case to impeach Donald Trump.
'We have a very rock solid case,' the House Judiciary Committee chairman said on CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning.
'I think the case we have, if presented to a jury, would be a guilty verdict in about three minutes flat,' he added.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday instructed House committee chairmen to begin drafting articles of impeachment against the president. Her announcement came a day after the first Judiciary hearing, where a team of three Democratic-called attorneys testified that Trump committed impeachable offenses.
Jerry Nadler said Democrats have a 'rock solid' case for impeachment, and claimed a normal jury would convict Donald Trump in 'three minutes flat'
Even if the House does vote to recommend impeachment, the matter will more than likely be knocked down in the Republican-controlled Senate – where the case would move next.
Republicans argue that there is not enough direct evidence to prove Trump engaged in a quid pro quo with his Ukrainian counterpart. The GOP, instead, claims that all the allegations are based on hearsay from second- or third-hand accounts.
'There is considerable direct evidence,' Nadler asserted to CNN host Dana Bash.
'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.'
Nadler, however, said he has not decided yet if there will be a vote on impeachment, claiming he is waiting for the Judiciary hearing on Monday to make any decisions.
The hearing Monday morning, which will be held by the Judiciary Committee, will receive presentations of evidence from investigators – and will feature presentations from staff counsels for both parties on the Intelligence and Judiciary committees.
The impeachment inquiry stemmed from an anonymous whistle-blower complaint, made public in September, that alleged from secondhand information that Trump engaged in an improper phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky over the summer.
Democrats claim in the call Trump made the release of millions in military aid to the country dependent on his Ukrainian counterpart announcing the launch of an investigation into political rival and former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who worked on the board of Ukrainian natural energy firm Burisma from 2014 until earlier this year.
Trump denies any wrongdoing and says the investigation is a partisan 'witch hunt.' He has also said his July 25 call with Zelensky was 'perfect' and pointed to his Ukrainian counterpart's instance that there was no quid pro quo.
Nadler is confident that House Democrats have adequately laid out evidence that the president did set a quid pro quo and solicit a foreign government to influence the upcoming 2020 presidential elections.
The Judiciary chairman said 'it's possible' the House will vote on impeachment this week, but insists his goal is to get through the proceedings as quickly and 'fairly' as possible.