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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 John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report 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 PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBiden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden faces challenges, opportunities in Middle East O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' MORE, acting Chief of Staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyMick Mulvaney 'concerned' by Giuliani role in Trump election case On The Money: Senate releases spending bills, setting up talks for December deal | McConnell pushing for 'highly targeted' COVID deal | CFPB vet who battled Trump will lead Biden plans to overhaul agency Consumer bureau vet who battled Trump will lead Biden plans to overhaul agency MORE and former National Security Adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Sunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday Bolton calls on GOP leadership to label Trump's behavior 'inexcusable' 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.