McIntosh on 'Memo': Trump 'Has Power and Authority to Direct the FBI How to do Their Job'

By Michael W. Chapman | May 17, 2017 | 2:21pm EDT

David McIntosh, president of the

Club for Growth. 

( -- Former Congressman and Reagan administration official David McIntosh said that regarding former FBI Director James Comey's "memo" or notes of a conversation he had with President Trump, the president "acted appropriately if he gave guidance" to Comey "on an investigation." 

McIntosh, a lawyer who was taught by Antonin Scalia, further said the president "has the power and authority to direct the FBI how to do their job."

Citing unnamed "associates of Comey" who "have seen private notes" that Comey wrote back in February, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that President Donald Trump allegedly advised the FBI director to drop the probe of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn. Trump reportedly told Comey, "I hope you can let this go," according to the associates' recollection of the "notes."

Former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald Trump.  (Screenshots: ABC News.) 

In a speech at the Federalist Society today, May 17, former Congressman David McIntosh said, "President Trump acted appropriately if he gave guidance to Director Comey on an investigation."

"It is important for us to step back and remember that, under the Constitution, the president has the authority and power to enforce the laws," said McIntosh.  "There’s nothing in the Constitution about an FBI director."

"The FBI director reports to the president and it is the president's decision to delegate authority on investigations," said McIntosh. "In delegating that authority, presidents have wisely chosen to insulate the FBI from political interference."

"But the president still has the power and authority to direct the FBI how to do their job," he said. "Congress, in its critiques of the Executive Branch, should not overstep and try to direct or limit the president’s legitimate exercise of his Article 2 powers."

David McIntosh, 58, is the president of the Club for Growth. He served as a U.S. representative for Indiana between 1995 and 2001. In 1987-88, he was the director of the Domestic Policy Council in the Reagan administration. He earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1983, where he was taught by future Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. 

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