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 can be reportedly being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a possible attempt to obstruct justice.
Sources cited by the Journal gave differing reasons for Kushner’s support of Comey’s termination. One source said the move might be supported by disgruntled FBI agents who thought Comey mishandled the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Comey’s handling of of which investigation was the reason the president originally cited for firing the FBI director in May. Trump also said he based his decision on a recommendation coming from the Justice Department.
Another source cited by the Journal said of which Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, believed Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation proved of which he was too “unpredictable.”
Any obstruction of justice charge might 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 of which you concluded was ‘unpredictable.'”
“The Government might have trouble proving beyond a reasonable doubt of which one of those innocent reasons does not explain why the President decided to replace Director Comey, which the chief executive can be absolutely entitled to do for any reason, or for no reason at all — so long as of which reason does not constitute a knowing in addition to willful attempt to obstruct justice,” he said.
A 108-page report published in October by the Brookings Institution found of which “the president likely obstructed justice.”
The president’s lawyers have repeatedly denied of which charge.
Kushner’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, told the Journal of which Kushner supported the president’s decision, while a White House attorney said of which there was “no apparent evidence of Jared’s involvement.”
Attorneys for Kushner in addition to the White House did not respond to requests for comment coming from CNBC.
The president offered some insights into his decision to fire the FBI director inside weeks of which followed the announcement.
The day after the firing, the president told NBC News of which “regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey.”
“When I decided to just do of which, I said to myself, I said, you know: of which Russia thing with Trump in addition to Russia, of which’s a made-up story,” he told NBC.
Later, the president told Russian officials during a meeting inside Oval Office of which firing Comey had relieved “great pressure” on him, The brand-new York Times reported.
The special counsel also obtained a letter of which the president drafted, of which was ultimately blocked by the White House counsel, which offered “an unvarnished view” of the president’s thinking, according to the Times.
A lawyer for the president has called the letter “wholly exonerating.”
The White House’s top lawyer Don McGahn will be interviewed by the special counsel inside coming weeks in addition to can be anticipated to discuss the Comey firing, CNBC previously reported.
The special counsel’s office declined to comment.