JONESBORO, Ark. – U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) believed President Donald Trump was “well within” his authority to fire the FBI Director last week, the congressman said Wednesday.
Crawford, who represents Northeast Arkansas in his district, stated this in response to an inquiry from NEA Report. He said he didn’t know Comey well enough to say if he should have been fired but that also the president had acted within his authority.
“My interaction with Director Comey is limited to two hearings in the Intelligence Committee, and that limited exchange does not equip me to render judgement on whether or not he should have been removed from his post,” Crawford said in a written statement to NEA Report. “That said, President Trump is well within his authority to make personnel decisions in his administration.”
Crawford did not comment on Wednesday’s reports suggesting Trump told Comey to drop an investigation into National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
A special counsel into the alleged Russian interference investigation was appointed by the Justice Department late Wednesday, following Crawford’s comment. Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Bob Mueller to take command of the FBI agents and prosecutors looking into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election.