NY Times: Trump Not Planning to Invoke Executive Privilege for Comey Testimony

Kristopher Drake
June 13, 2017

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters Friday he was unaware if the president would try to block Comey's testimony.

Collins said that the Senate investigation is taking up a lot of time.

Russia has repeatedly denied any effort to interfere in the U.S. election, but Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday some Russians might have acted on their own without their government's involvement.

The New York Times reported that one official said Trump actually wants Comey to testify because the president has nothing to hide.

Comey was leading the FBI's probe into Russia's interference in USA election, and his firing by Trump on May 9 sparked a political uproar. It just so happens that Robert Mueller, the respected former director of the FBI is running the main investigation and can press charges. For instance, in the Nixon Watergate probe the existence of Nixon's White House taping system was revealed in a surprise tidbit of testimony from a little-known presidential aide named Alexander Butterfield.

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

Comey, fired by Trump last month, is due to testify on Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee in both an open session and behind closed doors.

In that hearing, he said: "I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts".

Trump would surely face public criticism if he tries to stop Comey's testimony, Rozell said. Trump's argument in favor of privilege also may be overcome because the investigation is focused on corruption and possible obstruction of justice.

"We'll be watching with the rest of the world when Director Comey testifies", Ms Conway told ABC News. Putin has repeated there is no evidence of Kremlin involvement in the election.

Those conversations, which followed initial interviews at the Justice Department, have been light on questions about substantive issues facing the agency, the three associates said.

Graham said a "one-sided" hearing would be the worst possible outcome for the country.

"I made my speech". Two meeting of Kushner will be in the spotlight - one with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. and the other with the chief of a Russian bank. And I got up and left. That they - they assessed that they really wanted Trump to win it and were working to help him win and her lose.

Within a week of James Comey's shock firing, Robert Mueller was appointed on May 17 as special counsel designated by the Justice Department to lead the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the USA 2016 election.

After Comey's dismissal, news reports emerged that Trump asked Comey to end the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn during a February meeting in the Oval Office, the day after Flynn was sacked for misrepresenting his contacts with the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak.

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