WH says Trump won't block Comey testimony

Trump Won't Block James Comey's Testimony Before Congress

Most major United States television networks plan to carry the event live.

Senators on the Senate Intelligence committee indicated on Monday morning that they didn't believe Trump would invoke executive privilege, noting that they had not been told that he would.

These will be the first public remarks from Mr Comey since he was summarily fired by Mr Trump in early May, and represent a moment of great peril for this already embattled president. That committee is expected to listen to Comey's testimony about the investigation into Russia's alleged election meddling a year ago and Comey's private conversations with the president.

Trump asked Comey to drop the Flynn investigation, said a person who was given a copy of a memo Comey wrote about the conversation.

The memorandums reportedly document the president's efforts to get the FBI to ease the investigation's focus on former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

And he is dismissing as "a load of nonsense" the idea that Russian Federation has damaging information on President Donald Trump.

Comey's testimony Thursday is a cinch to damage Trump and the White House, potentially seriously depending upon what he reveals, but trying to stop him by asserting the privilege would have made a bad situation worse.




Presidents have the ability to invoke executive privilege to block testimony or statements from officials within the executive branch as a way of keeping certain information confidential.

"The president's power to assert executive privilege is very well established", Sanders said. A special counsel appointed by the Justice Department as well as congressional committees are investigating.

Mueller, respected for his independence and thoroughness, has so far been silent about taking over the investigations.

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

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the presidential election to hurt the bid of Democrat Hillary Clinton. Roy Blunt, a member of the Senate intelligence committee.

The online news outlet said the NSA report depicted a hacking operation tied closely to Moscow's GRU intelligence directorate that targeted private U.S. companies providing voter registration services and equipment to local governments around the country.

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