Nadler: A jury would convict Trump in 'three minutes flat'

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTop Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence House passes bill to protect pregnant workers House Democrats postpone vote on marijuana decriminalization bill MORE (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that he is confident in the case against President Trump ahead of a vote on impeachment. 

“We have a very rock-solid case,” Nadler said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” 

“I think the case we have, if presented to a jury, would be a guilty verdict in about three minutes flat,” he added. 

The top Judiciary Democrat also dismissed Republicans' "nonsense about hearsay evidence," saying there is "considerable direct evidence."

“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 said.

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“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 added. 

Nadler said that if the president or Republicans had “any exculpatory evidence, they would have brought it forward.” 

He also said he would be rejecting the GOP witnesses as part of the next impeachment hearing, calling the requested witnesses “not relevant” to the allegations. For example, he said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTop Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence Overnight Defense: Top admiral says 'no condition' where US should conduct nuclear test 'at this time' | Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings Overnight Defense: House to vote on military justice bill spurred by Vanessa Guillén death | Biden courts veterans after Trump's military controversies MORE (D-Calif.), whom the Republicans have requested as a witness, did not witness any of the actions and therefore is not relevant to call as a witness. 

The Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Monday to receive presentations of evidence from investigators as it moves forward with the impeachment of Trump. 

Nadler said it is “possible” that the House will hold a vote on the articles of impeachment this week. 

He said the scope of the articles will not be decided until after Monday's hearing.