Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Former FBI chief due to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee


Coming to the Russian Federation probe itself, this is not a monolithic probe but four separate US Congress-led committees chasing the the same question marks - did Russian Federation meddle in the US election 2016 and did this happen in collusion with Donald Trump's campaign?

Comey has alleged in memos that Trump asked him to pledge loyalty and to shut down his inquiry into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump likely would argue that Comey's testimony involves confidential conversations or matters of national security.

On Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not rule out Trump invoking executive privilege.

Trump has repeatedly denied wrongdoing in the Russian affair and dismissed allegations of inappropriate contacts between his team and Russia as "fake news". Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also are expected to testify. He said he has not discussed the matter with White House counsel, adding, "I don't know how they're going to respond".

Although the White House is still reviewing the possibility, if President Trump chooses not to invoke privilege, it would illustrate a marked departure from the alleged "Nixonian" path on which so many seem to believe he treads.

Sollenberger said any argument in favor of privilege also could be overcome because the investigation is focused on corruption and possible obstruction of justice. Trump has denied firing Comey for the FBI's investigation of his associates' Russian Federation connections, but also said the investigation was on his mind when he did it. Trump later tweeted: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

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The subpoenas were announced as the special counsel overseeing the governments investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation has approved former FBI Director James Comey to testify before the Senate intelligence committee, according to a Comey associate. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, that Comey would be testifying before the committee on June 8. He reportedly has met with James Comey to discuss the probe, and Comey is said to have asked for permission to testify. How many? It's the only question on Washington's mind.

"Sooner rather than later, let's find out what happened and bring this to a conclusion".

"In the context of a criminal investigation, executive privilege has to give way", said Saikrishna Prakash, who lectures on constitutional law and presidential powers at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. "At some point, we'll hear the president's side".

Trump's plan looks to make good on a campaign promise, but is also a clear attempt to offer a distraction - albeit a less controversial one - to what Comey is expected to say when he testifies in an open Senate hearing on Thursday.

Mr Comey's dismissal was criticised by Democrats and Republicans alike. "Why would he tell the president that?"

Comey, according to people close to him, recorded his discussions with Trump in memos he wrote shortly after each interaction. Early Wednesday morning, the president tweeted Witch Hunt! in reference to testimony by Comey and former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan before Congress on the topic. But we can't do it well or fairly to the people we investigate if we talk about it. Comey's testimony was an opportunity to sort out what was real and what was fake, Warner, from Virginia, said in an interview with CBS's Face the Nation.

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