comScore Lindsey Graham's Old Impeachment Comments Haunt Him at Trial

Nadler Plays Brutal Video at Senate Trial of Lindsey Graham Arguing There Doesn’t Need to Be a Crime to Impeach

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) reportedly ducked out of President Donald Trump’s Senate trial just in time to avoid watching Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) turn his old impeachment views back at him.

As Nadler spoke on the third day of Trump’s impeachment trial, he played a clip of Graham speaking about impeachment during Bill Clinton’s trial in 1999 in a way that might haunt him today.

“What’s a high crime? How about if an important person hurts somebody of low means,” said Graham at the time. “It’s not very scholarly, but I think it’s the truth. I think that’s what [the framers] 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.”

Graham staunchly opposes the push by House Democrats to remove Trump from office, but the senator has drawn scrutiny for the fact that his previous statements appear diametrically opposed to his current position on impeachable offenses. While it might have been awkward for Graham to see his own words turned against him, it seems he wasn’t there for it, since multiple reporters have said he left before it happened.

Catie Edmondson of The New York Times further reported that “Senator John Barrasso, Republican of Wyoming, who sits next to Mr. Graham on the Senate floor, briefly patted the South Carolina Republican’s empty seat as the video began to play.”

Watch above, via CBS.

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