Trump will not block ex-FBI director's testimony

Trump will not block ex-FBI director's testimony

Trump will not block ex-FBI director's testimony

Comey, fired last month as FBI director amid a federal investigation into connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, is set to testify Thursday at a highly anticipated congressional hearing that could shed light on his private conversations with the president in the weeks before his dismissal.

Executive privilege is a presidential power that stems from the idea that the commander-in-chief should be able to enjoy honest conversations with his aides and advisers.

The New York Times reported late Friday, citing unnamed administration officials, that Trump is unlikely to attempt to muzzle Comey.

Spicer said he hadnt spoken to the White House counsel, Don McGahn, about the matter.

White House advisers had previously said that Trump was exploring his legal options regarding Comey. The events include the Alfalfa Club dinner, the Gridiron Club dinner and, perhaps most famously, the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

He will face a barrage of questions from Republican and Democratic lawmakers about the circumstances of his firing, as well as allegations that Trump tried to get Comey to shelve the investigation of his aides. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

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Senators will nearly certainly ask Comey whether Trump asked him to drop an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Flynns contacts with Russian government officials.

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

"The president's power to assert executive privilege is well-established", the White House said in a statement, adding that Comey's testimony would "facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts".

Mr Comey's hotly awaited appearance on Capitol Hill comes as probes by the Justice Department and several congressional committees heat up. He cant put somebody in jail for violating executive privilege, and he cant fire him, because hes already been fired.”.

Protesters assembled in Washington and other US cities on Saturday in a “March for Truth” to demand an independent investigation into alleged connections between Trumps campaign and Russian Federation.

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