Published: Sat, June 03, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Does Comey have one more bombshell to reveal on Russia-Trump collusion?

Does Comey have one more bombshell to reveal on Russia-Trump collusion?

Democrats are likely to press the former director on whether he viewed the President's comments as an effort to obstruct justice - an impeachable offense - and Republicans are likely to press Comey on why he did not make his concerns about his conversations with Trump known before he was sacked.

FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing: "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

Presidents can assert executive privilege to prevent government employees from sharing information.

He said he had not spoken to the White House counsel, Don McGahn, about the matter.

Comey was leading a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year's USA presidential election and possible collusion by Trump's campaign when the president fired him last month.

In an interview with ABC News, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway appeared to indicate the president would allow Comey to testify.

A source with knowledge of Comey's thinking told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger the former director was "disturbed" by his interactions with the President, but "thought he had the situation under control". But seeking a restraining order barring testimony by Comey, who is now a private citizen, would be unprecedented.

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Trump allegedly asked Comey for his loyalty and encouraged him to ease off an investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a memo prepared by Comey and the former FBI director's associates.

Democrats accused Trump of firing Comey to shut down the Russian Federation investigation, without acknowledging that they had also criticized his handling of Clinton's email scandal, with some even calling for his removal.

One official said Trump had nothing to hide, The Times reported.

Democrats have said that Trump's conversations with Comey show that the president was trying to obstruct the FBI's investigation into Flynn, who is under scrutiny for calls he had with the Russian ambassador and for work he did for a firm that had ties to the Turkish government.

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.

"In short, use of executive privilege to block Mr. Comey's testimony would be a mistake".

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