President 'abused his power to improperly to put his thumb on the scale for the election': Rep. Zoe Lofgren

President 'abused his power to improperly to put his thumb on the scale for the election': Rep. Zoe Lofgren originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

President Donald hits every button on high crimes and misdemeanors, abusing his presidential power in a way similar to President Richard Nixon, said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., on ABC’s "This Week."

"In the case of President , not only has he abused his power to improperly to put his thumb on the scale for the election, he used a foreign policy to do it and that really hits all the buttons that the Founding Fathers were concerned about," Lofgren told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

Lofgren has played a significant role in every impeachment inquiry in modern United States history. During the early 1970s Watergate scandal, Lofgren helped draft articles of impeachment for President Richard Nixon while working as a congressional staffer to a member of the House Judiciary Committee.

PHOTO: U.S.Representative Zoe Lofgren speaks during an event in support of the House vote on the SAFE Act, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

PHOTO: U.S.Representative Zoe Lofgren speaks during an event in support of the House vote on the SAFE Act, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

PHOTO: U.S.Representative Zoe Lofgren speaks during an event in support of the House vote on the SAFE Act, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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At the time of President Bill Clinton's impeachment, Lofgren had served in Congress for four years. Sitting on House Judiciary, the congresswoman watched as the Republican-controlled committee drafted and approved articles of impeachment for the Democratic president.

During the Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing on Wednesday, four legal scholars evaluated whether the president’s involvement with Ukraine constituted an impeachable offense. Three of the witnesses, invited by the Democrats, argued that President Donald abused presidential power in his dealings with Ukraine. The other witness, invited by Republicans, disagreed. He said that he believed there was not enough evidence to remove from office.

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PHOTO: Rep. Matt Gaetz speaks during testimony by constitutional scholars before the House Judiciary Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill December 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

PHOTO: Rep. Matt Gaetz speaks during testimony by constitutional scholars before the House Judiciary Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill December 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

PHOTO: Rep. Matt Gaetz speaks during testimony by constitutional scholars before the House Judiciary Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill December 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., has also played a significant role in the current impeachment inquiry, defending the president’s dealings in Ukraine. During Wednesday’s hearing, Gaetz questioned the Democratic-invited witness, Stanford Law School professor Pamela Karlan, on her political donations to Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and . He also criticized Karlan for invoking the name of ’s adolescent son, Barron.

The Judiciary Committee will hold its second public impeachment hearing on Monday when lawyers for the Democrats and Republicans from the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees will present findings from their investigations.

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