Rep. Crawford: Atkinson Briefing Revealed ‘Missteps on Part of IG’ Who Called Whistleblower ‘Credible’

By Craig Bannister | October 4, 2019 | 2:45pm EDT
Rep. Rick Crawford

“The complaint is not credible,” House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AK) said after attending Friday’s closed-door briefing with the Intelligence Community Inspector General (IG) who deemed the whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump “credible.”

The meeting raised questions about the validity of IG Michael Atkinson’s behavior, Rep. Crawford said in an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner”:

Faulkner: “Intel Committee IG - a lot to learn from Mr. Atkinson. What did you ask?”

Rep. Crawford: “Well, the format for this particular meeting was not a five-minute format, which is typically the type of format that you see in these committee hearings. This was a 45 minute time-shared for the first session.

“I didn't get to my questions, but I did listen, obviously, intently as both sides questioned the IG. I was, initially when this first broke, I wanted to give the IG the benefit of the doubt. What we were hearing was that the complaint was credible.

“The more I see about it, the more I see the complaint is not credible and there are some questions about the validity of the actions that the IG himself has taken. So, I will probably suspend that benefit of the doubt now and say, ‘Look, there are probably some missteps on the part of the IG.’”


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