Graham: Abuse of power 'poorly defined' in articles of impeachment

Graham: Abuse of power 'poorly defined' in articles of impeachment
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Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) said on Sunday that the definition of “abuse of power” used in the House’s impeachment articles against President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE would have ramifications for future presidents as well.

“Abuse of power is so poorly defined here I don’t know presidents in the future can confirm their conduct,” Graham, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Graham also assailed the House’s second article of impeachment, obstruction of Congress, saying  Trump merely “tried to exercise executive privilege” after the House called for testimony from Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE, acting Chief of Staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE and former National Security Adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Bolton: Trump lacked enough 'advance thinking' for a coup MORE.

“It’s the first impeachment in modern history without outside counsel… they had to do it in such a hurry he could not exercise executive privilege,” he added.

“Any president has the right to defend the office,” Graham added, saying that even as House Democrats have argued the president is not above the law, “they tried to put Trump below the law.”

House Democrats on Saturday unveiled the outline of their legal case heading into the Senate impeachment trial, which begins on Tuesday. They say the only lingering question in the case is whether the Senate will be a fair arbiter of justice.

Trump’s legal team, however, declared the impeachment articles “constitutionally invalid” and accused House Democrats of a “brazen and unlawful attempt” to overturn the results of the 2016 presidential election.