Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Trump Not Expected To Block Comey's Senate Testimony

Trump Not Expected To Block Comey's Senate Testimony

President Donald Trump will not invoke executive privilege to prevent former FBI Director James Comey from testifying before Congress Thursday. But she said Trump wanted to allow for a "swift and thorough examination of the facts" related to Comey's ouster and the multiple investigations into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump waves as he departs an Air Traffic Control Reform Initiative event in the East Room at the White House, Monday, June 5, 2017, in Washington.

"President Trump will not assert executive privilege in regard to James Comey's testimony".

Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders echoed those remarks during Monday's press briefing.

There's been no final decision as to whether Trump would invoke executive privilege, and the matter remains under discussion, according to two administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

While Some Republicans in Congress had said that Trump should stop Comey's testimony, many legal scholars believed Trump had already waived his executive privilege because he spoke about conversations he had with Comey and tweeted about them.

The president fired Mr Comey on May 9th as the Federal Bureau of Investigation was in the midst of looking into contacts between Russian Federation and Mr Trump's associates. The White House has denied the president made that request.

The Washington scandal machine went into overdrive when The New York Times reported that Trump had told a high-level Russian delegation in the Oval Office that Comey was a "nut job" and that firing him had eased "great pressure" on him.

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press", he tweeted in May.

The president's schedule for Thursday is similarly packed, although it's doubtful the cable news junkie and his advisers will be able to avoid media coverage of Mr. Comey even if they tried. Trump's argument in favor of privilege also may be overcome because the investigation is focused on corruption and possible obstruction of justice. 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?

Comey has indicated that he wants to testify.

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