Graham Ducked Out Before ‘99 Clip Of Him Saying Impeachment Doesn’t Need A Crime
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) broke out some video clips from the era of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment to bolster Democrats’ case that a crime need not have been committed to warrant impeaching a president — but the star of one video left the chamber just minutes before it was played.
According to The Week, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) ducked out of the Senate prior to the airing of a clip in which he argued "when you start using your office and you're acting in a way that hurts people, you committed a high crime."
New York Times reporter Catie Edmondson caught the convenient move and reported it via Twitter, writing that Graham "left the Senate floor minutes before Nadler started playing the video of him."
MSNBC’s Garrett Hake also tweeted about Graham’s slipping out at just the right time:
Garrett Haake on Twitter
“When @RepJerryNadler played a clip of @LindseyGrahamSC from the Clinton impeachment, Graham wasn’t in the chamber- the only senator not in his or her seat at that moment.”
The Week also reported that some Democrats appeared displeased with Nadler’s decision to play a clip of their colleague from two decades ago: “The Daily Beast's Sam Brodey reports Nadler drew "some astonished looks" from Democrats when he played the Graham clip.”