The director of the Gestapo answered only to Heinrich Himmler, and Himmler, only to the fuhrer himself.
Better to try and buy off the fuhrer who would surely prove in the end to be a reasonable chap.
It was expanded during the Second World War on direct orders from the fuhrer.
1934, from Führer und Reichskanzler, title assumed by Hitler in 1934 as head of the German state, from German Führer "leader," from führen "to lead," from Middle High German vüeren "to lead, drive," from Old High German fuoren "to set in motion, lead," causative of Old High German faran "to go, travel," which is cognate with Old English faran (see fare (v.)). Hitler's title was modeled on Mussolini's Duce.