Trump will not block ex-FBI chief Comey's testimony -White House

The Latest WH says Trump won't block Comey testimony

The Latest WH says Trump won't block Comey testimony

Comey reportedly wrote memos describing conversations with Trump before he was sacked in which Trump asked him to "let this go", referring to the Russian Federation investigation.

The Russia maelstrom raging around Donald Trump's presidency reaches a momentous plot twist this week when ex-FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate.

"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".

Trump Won't Block James Comey's Testimony Before Congress
Trump will not block ex-FBI chief Comey's testimony -White House

A special counsel is looking into links between Trump's presidential campaign past year and Russians who sought to influence the election by hacking Democrats.

The White House had floated the idea that Trump could invoke executive privilege, to protect the confidentiality of presidential discussions. The former FBI Director's testimony is set to begin at 10 a.m. ET. Trump had reportedly repeatedly asked Comey about his loyalty, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief had refused to indicate any such thing. NYT reports that Comey defied the order. Comey was subsequently fired by Trump in May. Of course, Comey too is facing a situation in which he could be put under pressure as he did not do anything if he thought Trump's request was not right.

Some legal analysts had questioned whether Trump could have blocked Comey's testimony via executive privilege in any event.

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The president won't invoke executive privilege in an effort to keep Comey from discussing the Russian Federation investigation before the Senate Committee on Intelligence, Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at the daily briefing Monday.

A few weeks later, the day after Trump pushed out Michael Flynn, his national security adviser, who had provided misleading accounts of a phone call with Russia's ambassador, the president asked Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn, according to notes taken contemporaneously by Comey and read to a New York Times reporter.

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

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He reportedly has met with Comey to discuss the probe, and Comey reportedly sought his approval to testify before lawmakers.

A top secret National Security Agency document meanwhile shows that hackers from Russian military intelligence repeatedly tried to break into United States voting systems before last year's presidential election, The Intercept reported Monday.

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In this May 8, 2017, photo, then-FBI Director James Comey speaks to the Anti-Defamation League National Leadership Summit in Washington.

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