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

WH says Trump won't block Comey testimony

WH says Trump won't block Comey testimony

"The president's power to assert executive privilege is well-established", Huckabee Sanders told reporters during the daily press briefing. "However, in order to facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts sought by the Senate intelligence committee, President Trump will not assert executive privilege regarding James Comey's scheduled testimony", said a statement issued by the White House.

Comey will appear before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, with lawmakers seeking answers as to whether he believes the President sought to obstruct his Russian Federation probe or demanded his loyalty before he fired Comey.

Lawmakers from both parties urged Trump not to stand in the way of Comey's testimony.

The Russia investigation is expected to be a key part of Comey's high-profile testimony on Thursday. He said invoking executive privilege would be on "shaky legal ground" and stressed that Comey deserved to have his "day in court" after repeated attacks by Trump and reports of undue pressure. White House and senior foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan will report from the White House, while chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes will report from inside the hearing on Capitol Hill.

Comey is to testify Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee.

In this May 8, 2017, photo, then-FBI Director James Comey speaks to the Anti-Defamation League National Leadership Summit in Washington.

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"Sooner rather than later, let's find out what happened and bring this to a conclusion", Blunt said on "Fox News Sunday". "You don't do that, I think, by invoking executive privilege on a conversation you had apparently with nobody else in the room", the Missouri Republican said.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday the decision by the White House counsel's office hasn't been made yet. According to one memo Comey wrote, Trump personally appealed to Comey in a February meeting to abandon the investigation into Flynn and his Russian contacts, said a person who had read the notes.

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