Robert Mueller thought his fishing expedition had finally come up with the means to take down Donald Trump.
Reports surfaced that the special counsel’s team was honing in on obstruction of justice.
But one announcement from the FBI Director let air out of that balloon.
New FBI Director Christopher Wray put any talk of obstruction of justice to rest when he stated that there was not a “whiff” of administration interference in the investigation.
The New York Post reports:
“FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday that he had not seen a shred of evidence of outside interference into the feds’ probe into Russian meddling in the presidential election.
“I can say very confidently that I have not detected any whiff of interference with that investigation,” Wray said at an Intelligence and National Security Summit in Washington.
Speaking publicly for the first time since being confirmed as head of the Bureau, Wray also said that he has confidence in Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating whether President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia during the election.
While Team Trump has raised doubts about Mueller’s impartiality, Wray said he had no concerns.
“I have enormous respect for former Director Mueller, who I got to work with almost daily in the early 2000s, as a consummate professional,” Wray said. “He’s really running that investigation.”
Anti-Trump pundits viewed obstruction of justice as the best chance to take down Trump.
Since there have been no clear cut examples of interference by the administration, the forces plotting against Trump now have to hold out hope on the Hail Mary play to nail Trump for obstructing justice for his decision to fire Jim Comey.
But that case has no merit.
The FBI Director is not the head of an independent agency.
He reports to the Justice Department.
That means he is just another executive branch employee who serves at the pleasure of the President.
And the President can fire the FBI Director any time he wants and for any reason he wants.
Comey alluded to this in a letter after he was fired.
Furthermore, the President has the authority to order any investigation shut down whenever he wants.
The idea that Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey is nonsense.
Trump was lawfully executing the powers of his office as laid out by the Constitution.
The greater danger for the administration was lower level White House officials interfering in the investigation.
And the FBI Director slammed the book on that theory.
We will keep you updated on any new developments in this story.