Trump won't block Comey from testifying

Owen Stevens
June 6, 2017

"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", she said.

Trump had been considering whether to invoke executive privilege on his White House conversations with Comey and keep him from testifying Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Comey's sacking came as the Federal Bureau of Investigation probes possible collusion between the president's election campaign team and Russian Federation - which U.S. intelligence believes hoped to tilt the election in the Republican's favor.

Presidents can assert executive privilege to prevent government employees from sharing information. Legal experts believed that the President already waived his executive privilege because he tweeted and spoke about his conversations with Comey. Trump has denied trying to get Comey to drop the case but if Comey's testimony contradicts him it represents an obstruction of justice by the president making impeachment a remote possibility. News stations, including Fox News Channel, will carry the hearing.

Lawmakers in both parties have urged Trump to allow Comey to testify publicly.

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Comey will also likely field questions about reports that, just after taking office, Trump asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation director for his loyalty.

They'll be joined in NY by Face the Nation anchor John Dickerson, chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford, White House correspondent Margaret Brennan, chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes, justice and homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues, and national correspondent Chip Reid.

Comey's appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its Russia-related investigation will be his first public testimony since his firing on May 9.

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the presidential election to hurt the bid of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

And he is dismissing as "a load of nonsense" the idea that Russian Federation has damaging information on President Donald Trump. "Arguably, Trump has himself breached that confidentiality". He wrote, "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

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