House impeachment manager: 'Evidence against the president is overwhelming'

Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsThe Hill's Morning Report - Surging COVID-19 infections loom over US, Olympics Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Cuba, Haiti pose major challenges for Florida Democrats MORE (D-Fla.), one of the House managers presenting the Democrats' impeachment case in the Senate trial, on Sunday called the evidence against President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE “overwhelming.”

Demings directed her comments to Trump and his legal team after the president and Republicans said that his lawyers had “shredded” the House’s case.

“Regardless of what you say, the truth still matters and the evidence against the president is overwhelming,” she said on ABC's "This Week."

The Florida Democrat said it was clear the president “used and abused” his power to “coerce” Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election. She also said that Trump “dangled the offer of a White House meeting before President Zelensky,” noting that it would be important to the newly inaugurated president of Ukraine. 

“His team of lawyers can try to distort and try to deflect but quite frankly the best witness we have in this case is the President of the United States,” she said.

"I do believe the testimony when you put it all together is as clear as two plus two equals four,” she added.


The impeachment trial, which started last week, is expected to resume on Monday.

The president’s legal team in its opening arguments on Saturday turned its attention to Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOfficers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe Five things to watch as Jan. 6 panel begins its work MORE (D-Calif.), the lead House impeachment manager, for his handling on the inquiry and the whistleblower complaint that sparked it.