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Nadler plays 1999 clip of Graham defining high crimes: 'It doesn't even have to be a crime'

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMarijuana stocks see boost after Harris debate comments Jewish lawmakers targeted by anti-Semitic tweets ahead of election: ADL Democrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme Court MORE (D-N.Y.) took a jab at his congressional counterpart Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamNew Lincoln Project ad goes after Lindsey Graham: 'A political parasite' The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Justice Barrett joins court; one week until Election Day Biden's polling lead over Trump looks more comfortable than Clinton's MORE (R-S.C.) during the Senate impeachment trial Wednesday.

During his turn on the floor, Nadler, one of the House managers, played a 1999 clip of Graham calling for the impeachment of then-President Clinton.

"What's a high crime? How about if an important person hurts somebody of low means," Graham said at the time.

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"It's not very scholarly, but I think it's the truth," Graham continued. "I think that's what [the framers of the Constitution] meant by high crimes. It doesn't even have to be a crime. It's just when you start using your office and you're acting in a way that hurts people, you've committed a high crime."

One of the main arguments that GOP lawmakers have lobbed against House Democrats' case for impeachment is that the two articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE that were passed by the House — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — don't actually outline a prosecutable crime.

Democrats, in turn, have tirelessly argued that Trump committed a high crime by using his office to leverage Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for a personal political favor.

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Reportedly, Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was not in his seat while Nadler played the clip of him.