It's recently emerged that the 45th President of the United States of America may live-tweet in response to former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, as he gives testimony before the US Senate tomorrow.
"In his letter to Comey firing him, Trump raised the Russian Federation investigation and asserted that: ".I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation".
While Comey is anxious to recount his version of his conversations with the President, he also appears likely to sidestep questions about how he felt about Trump's comments - for instance, whether he felt pressured to drop the investigation or whether he thought they amounted to obstruction, another source said.
"I wish him luck", Trump told reporters after meeting with congressional leaders on Tuesday.
It was not immediately clear when the conversation occurred.
If true, the incident would mean Trump attempted to enlist top intelligence officials in quashing an active FBI investigation against himself - a move with much more far-reaching implications than a prior report indicating the president asked Coats and national security agency chief Adm. Mike Rogers to simply disavow the Russian Federation rumors to the public. Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior declined to comment.
Two legal experts said Comey would seek to avoid compromising a new inquiry led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller or separate congressional investigations.
The nonprofit Great America Alliance said Tuesday it would air an ad calling Comey "just another DC insider only in it for himself". An RNC research email Monday issued a challenge to the lawmakers who will question Comey. What actions, if any has he taken to help the president?
Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is probing Russian meddling in last year's USA election, as well as any ties between Moscow and Trump's inner circle.
Since Comey was ousted May 9, Trump and Comey allies have traded competing narratives about their interactions.
A memo of one of Comey's own meetings with Trump indicate the president asked him to back off the Flynn probe, but Comey refused.
The White House did not respond to questions of whether Trump would claim executive privilege Wednesday.
White House officials had weighed trying to block Comey from testifying on Thursday by arguing that his discussions with the president pertained to national security and that there was an expectation of privacy.
"I expect us [committee members] to ask him to be sure that we get all of the answers we need, not just the answers he [Comey] wants to give", said Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri. "And so far, I don't see a lot of fight", said Barry Bennett, a former Trump campaign aide.
"If we feel he crosses a line, we'll fire back", said Ed Rollins, chief strategist of Great America PAC, the political arm of the group airing the Comey ad. Rollins and others with Great America say they plan to stand up for Trump in cable appearances Thursday.
"I assume they'll do the same thing with this", Rollins said of the Comey hearing.
Rosenstein has been intrinsically wrapped into the Comey firing story, with White House officials citing Rosenstein's memo as the key reason for Comey's ouster. Sen.