“Jared Kushner reportedly pressed for Comey’s firing as FBI director”
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner urged President Donald Trump to fire James Comey as FBI director, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources familiar with the matter.
The firing is reportedly being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a possible attempt to obstruct justice.
Any obstruction of justice charge would be “exceedingly difficult” for the special counsel to prove, former Whitewater independent counsel Robert Ray told CNBC.
In an email, Ray said there are “a panoply of innocent reasons for wanting to remove an FBI Director that you concluded was ‘unpredictable.'”
“The Government would have trouble proving beyond a reasonable doubt that one of those innocent reasons does not explain why the President decided to replace Director Comey, which the chief executive is absolutely entitled to do for any reason, or for no reason at all — so long as that reason does not constitute a knowing and willful attempt to obstruct justice,” he said.