White House: Trump won't block Comey testimony

White House: Trump won't block Comey testimony

White House: Trump won't block Comey testimony

The White House says that Donald Trump will not use presidential powers to prevent ex-FBI director James Comey from testifying to Congress.

Mr. Trump won't assert executive privilege over Mr. Comey's testimony Thursday to the Senate Intelligence Committee, a move that would have blocked him from talking to lawmakers on matters such as whether the president pressured him to drop an investigation of possible collusion between Trump aides and Russian Federation. The White House suggested that Mr. Trump wasn't anxious about Mr. Comey's pending testimony, with Ms. Sanders reminding reporters that "the president's power to exert executive privilege is very well established".

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday the decision by the White House counsel's office hasn't been made yet.

Presidents can invoke executive privilege on the grounds that the executive branch has a right to protect the confidentiality of conversations between the president and top advisers. But legal experts say Trump likely undermined those arguments because he publicly discussed the conversations in tweets and interviews.

Defenders of Trump will likely not be convinced by Comey's testimony, but at least we will have the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director on-record with his side of the story.

As if to prove the White House's lack of concern, Mr. Trump has planned a week packed with events to show he's moving forward with his agenda. It will be the first time Comey has spoken publicly since he was sacked by Trump a month ago.Would you say that there are certain situations - and the Huston Plan was one of them - where the president can decide that it's in the best interests of the nation, and do something illegal?

In his letter firing Comey, Trump said the former FBI director had informed him "on three separate occasions that I am not under investigation".

Those struggles are coming to a head as fired FBI Director James Comey is set to testify on Capitol Hill Thursday. "That actually weakens his argument against executive privilege". That they - they assessed that they really wanted Trump to win it and were working to help him win and her lose.An adviser to Trump's campaign and prominent speaker at the 2016 Republican National Convention, Flynn was sacked less than four weeks after Trump's inauguration after claims that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the U.S., during the presidential transition.Sewell: What level of proof do we need in order for us to have a criminal investigation by the FBI of Mr. Flynn? He is now a private citizen, so he doesn't have to fear retaliation for defying Trump. Comey's associates have said Comey told them Trump had asked for a pledge of loyalty to the president and later asked Comey to consider ending the investigation of Flynn.

If Comey refuses to testify, Congress could subpoena him and then find him in contempt of Congress.

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