But, in an interview Sunday with CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union,” Nadler would not commit to including the evidence of obstruction of justice in the Mueller report as part of the articles of impeachment.
Nadler said he was confident in Democrats’ “solid” case for impeachment, expressing optimism about the matter as the party moves closer to drafting articles. He thinks his party’s case “if presented to a jury would be a guilty verdict in about three minutes flat.”
“There is considerable direct evidence,” Nadler said, adding that “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 evidence is the President has ordered everybody in the executive branch not to cooperate with Congress in the impeachment inquiry.”
Nadler said decisions about what to include in articles of impeachment will be made following the hearing, telling CNN’s Bash: “We’re going to have to take a lot of considerations into account.”
“What is the level of proof for the various allegations? How do they relate together? What is the level of support in our caucus and in the House for them? What might we persuade the Senate of — all of these things have to be taken into account, realizing again that the central allegation, it’s all of a pattern,” Nadler said.
‘Patriots or partisans’
Although Nadler during the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton warned against “a narrowly voted impeachment or an impeachment substantially supported by one of our major political parties and largely opposed by the other,” the chairman on Sunday expressed little concern about the total lack of support from Republicans for Trump’s impeachment.
“So you are willing to impeach the President with no Republican votes, correct?” Bash asked him.
“We’re going to impeach the President — if we impeach the President — we will impeach him on adequate, urgent grounds to defend our democratic republic,” Nadler responded, prompting Bash to ask if he’s fine with there possibly being no Republican votes in favor of impeachment.
Nadler mostly dismissed Republican complaints regarding the fairness of the process saying the GOP and the President have been offered the opportunity to present witnesses and have seen the public reports.
“It’s up to them to decide whether they want to be patriots or partisans,” he replied.
“They can appeal to the full committee if they wish and we’ll have a vote on that. But like any trial judge, you keep the witnesses to the relevancy,” he said, adding that “every procedure, every fairness has been given to them.”
“They have had adequate time (to call witnesses),” Nadler told Bash, referring to House rules that require him to give Republicans a day to call their own witnesses.
CNN’s Kevin Bohn and Ryan Stryuk contributed to this report.