Former Reagan Campaign Manager: “How Does a President Abuse His Power? He Has the Ultimate Power”
Among the defenses of President Donald Trump against the articles of impeachment voted against him, one emerging argument has been that ‘abuse of power’ isn’t really an impeachable offense or that Trump simply can’t abuse his power.
On Fox News’ America’s Newsroom on Thursday, former Ronald Reagan presidential campaign manager Ed Rollins seemed baffled that Trump could have abused his power. Rollins managed Reagan’s successful 1984 re-election bid.
“Well, bribery was a very serious thing — when you walked in with a bag of money and bought somebody, that was the intent,” Rollins began.
“Abuse of power — how does a president abuse his power? He has the ultimate power. The Congress basically is a checks and balance.”
“The courts are the third element here. And the idea that — the point you make is, any given day the House can decide, ‘I don’t like a policy, I can get a whistleblower to basically make a charge like this guy did,’ and basically march down the path. And we’re at a point in time where it’s Democrat or Republican.”
“How can you do your job on a daily basis as a president, dealing in a very troubled world, while always worried about, Am I going to abuse the power, or who’s listening in on my calls?'”
Watch the video above, via Fox News.