Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the abuse of power impeachment charges by House Democrats against President Donald Trump would cause significant problems for future presidents.
“Abuse of power is so poorly defined here I dont know presidents in the future can confirm their conduct,” Graham told “Fox News Sunday.” “Its 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 said, referring to the second article alleging that Trump obstructed Congress amid House Democrats impeachment inquiry. He said that while Democrats have argued that Trump isnt above the law, they have “tried to put Trump below the law.”
Later in the interview, he remarked that there is a Supreme Court case that says during matters of national security, “the privilege of the president is at its highest,” adding that the Democrats case, if successful, would thwart the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches.
“I want this trial to get over with as quickly as possible,” Graham said, adding that he wants the American people to “pick their next president” in 2020.
Graham was responding to a move on Saturday by House Democrats, who underlined their assertion that President Trump abused his office and should be removed.
“The evidence overwhelmingly establishes that he is guilty of both,” House Democrats said in a trial brief Saturday.
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