President Trump Will Not Block Comey Testimony

Randall Craig
June 6, 2017

The ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director will appear on Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee, for a hearing sure to be replete with political drama and intrigue.

Comey is also likely to be asked by lawmakers about Trump's assertion that the former FBI chief told him three times that he was not under investigation as part of the federal probe into his campaign's possible Russian Federation ties.

The officials say there's been no final decision and the matter remains under discussion. Trump was spending part of Saturday at the Trump National Golf Club outside of Washington.

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 events include the Alfalfa Club dinner, the Gridiron Club dinner and, perhaps most famously, the White House Correspondents' Dinner. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

Comey's testimony is expected to be explosive and will be closely watched throughout Washington, where the focus on the Russia's involvement in the 2016 campaign, the country's connections to Trump associates and aides and attempts by Trump use Comey to squash investigations is growing stronger.

This is the letter President Trump sent to FBI Director James Comey regarding his dismissal on May 9, 2017. Flynn was ousted February 13, less than four weeks after Trumps inauguration. He later tweeted that Comey better hope there are no "tapes" of their conversations.

"The president's power to assert executive privilege is very well established", Sanders said.

"The claim of executive privilege requires that the communications in question be confidential".

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said on ABCs “Good Morning America” on Friday that Trump and his staff would be “watching with the rest of the world” to see what Comey has to say.

Trump's office put an end to that speculation on Monday, saying: "President Trump will not assert executive privilege regarding James Comey's scheduled testimony".

Protesters assembled in Washington and other USA cities on Saturday in a “March for Truth” to demand an independent investigation into alleged connections between Trumps campaign and Russian Federation. The White House has denied the president made that request.

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