While appearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, FBI Director Christopher Wray deferred to lawyers a question about whether President Donald Trump could obstruct justice.
Wray’s answer came after Trump’s attorney claimed the president couldn’t obstruct justice “because he is the chief law enforcement officer … and has every right to express his view of any case.”
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) pressed Wray three times on whether Trump could obstruct justice, and Wray referred her to lawyers each time.
“Congresswoman, legal questions — especially legal questions regarding impeachment — are not something that I’m equipped to answer,” Wray said. When Lee clarified she wasn’t asking about Trump’s impeachment, Wray reiterated his support for a lawyer answering her question.
“That also is a legal question, and I would defer to the lawyers on that one,” Wray told Lee.
Special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly began investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice when he fired former FBI Director James Comey in May.
Comey’s tenure at the FBI, Trump tweeted, left the agency “in tatters,” a characterization that Wray also refuted on Thursday:
“I believe personally based on what I’ve seen that our reputation with our counterparts in law enforcement, federal, state and local. Our counterparts in the intelligence community, our counterparts around the world, the communities that we serve, the victims that we protect, the judges we appear before, the scientists we interact with in the laboratory services space, for example. My experience has been that our reputation is quite good.”
Watch Wray make those comments below, via Fox News.