Trump probably won't use executive privilege to stop Comey from testifying

Laura Christensen
June 17, 2017

Comey is widely expected to be asked about conversations in which the president reportedly pressured him to drop an investigation into Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, whose ties to Russian Federation are under scrutiny.

File picture shows FBI Director James Comey testifying before the House Intelligence Committee hearing into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, on Capitol Hill, March 20, 2017.

The White House confirmed Friday that it is reviewing whether to invoke executive privilege to prevent former FBI Director James Comey from testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

A White House official also said Saturday that Trump's plan would also look to put more control in the hands of local governments to privatize their previously built infrastructure, something Democrats will likely oppose. Expect stories by the dozen on this young man to be leaked by key White House lackeys envious of his stunning rise. For example, Comey is no longer a federal employee since Trump promptly fired him in early May. The first meeting - with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador to the United States, is said to have taken place in the first week of December 2016 at Trump Tower in New York City in the presence of Michael Flynn, then the National Security Adviser.

Trump has repeatedly dismissed allegations that his campaign collaborated with Russian Federation ahead of the presidential election. "There's a cloud over the presidency that needs to be removed if the facts justify it", he said.

Comey can also expect to field questions about Trump's claims that Comey told him three separate times that he was not under investigation as part of the Russian Federation probe.

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Past presidents, including Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, asserted executive privilege in some encounters with Congress. She said it is a matter of tone and context and she hopes Comey can shed light on whether Trump was trying to force Comey to stop the investigation or just wanted to know where it was headed. As the Washington Post recalled, the Trump administration discussed invoking executive privilege with former acting Attorney General Sally Yates before her testimony last month, but she was ultimately able to testify.

Mr. Comey, according to people close to him, recorded his discussions with Mr. Trump in memos he wrote shortly after each interaction.

SC senator Lindsey Graham suggested Friday that a planned hearing next week with former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey could descend into a political "hit job" if the director focuses only on reported conversations between him and the president.

"I want the truth", Franken said.

Critics have charged that Mr Trump was seeking to hinder the FBI's investigation by dismissing Mr Comey. Besides, even if Trump invoked the privilege, Comey would still be able to testify unless the White House somehow got a judge to issue an injunction, which experts say would be highly unlikely. He has already consulted with special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed to lead the investigation in May after Rod Rosenstein recused himself, on what he legally can and can't say during his testimony.

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