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Trump not planning to invoke executive privilege to block Comey testimony

Trump not planning to invoke executive privilege to block Comey testimony

Sources familiar with Comey's thinking said he's also ready to discuss whether he felt pressure from Trump or other administration officials to curtail the FBI's probe of alleged ties between the Russian government and members of Trump's circle. After all, Comey is the same 6-foot-8-inch former FBI Director who attempted to "blend in" with the blue drapes during a previous White House visit with his then-boss, President Donald Trump, who fired him last month. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

Comey is slated to testify before the Senate panel behind closed doors and during an open session, where he is expected to get asked about his conversations with Trump in the months before the president fired him.

Senators will nearly certainly ask Comey whether Trump asked him to drop an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Flynn's contacts with Russian government officials.

The senators will likely hone in on discussions between Comey and President Donald Trump about the Russian Federation investigation, and whether the president improperly sought Comey's loyalty.

Comey was sacked last month amid his agency's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.

Conceivably, the administration could seek a court injunction against Comey testifying, in which case a violation would constitute contempt of court. They emerged after President Trump trashed Comey's "poor, poor performance" on the job. Despite this expressed protection, however, such privilege isn't "absolute" - especially certain facts about Comey's upcoming testimony break with precedence.




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". As a result, he may have inadvertently waived his right to invoke executive privilege.

"I don't believe he is". Basically, don't hold your breath waiting for some explosive revelation about the Trump-Russia investigation during Comey's testimony. Trump faces another hurdle if he tries to block Comey's testimony.

Trump later told NBC News that he had considered "this Russian Federation thing" when he let Comey go. It just so happens that Robert Mueller, the respected former director of the FBI is running the main investigation and can press charges. "Jim Comey deserves to have his, in effect, day in court since the president's disparaged him so much", he said.

"Clearly, it would be very, very troubling if the president of the United States is interfering in investigations that affect potentially the president and his closest associates", said Sen.

Another senior committee aide said any subpoenas related to the unmasking issue would have been sent by committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation after being criticized for being too close to the White House.

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