Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

House Democrats Warn Trump on Blocking Comey's Testimony

House Democrats Warn Trump on Blocking Comey's Testimony

Trump still has time to invoke executive privilege and prevent Comey from testifying next Thursday; however, legal experts say that doing so would bear grievous political risks, The Times reported. Since Trump has publicly discussed his termination of Comey and conversations he supposedly had with him while Comey was FBI Director, Comey is free to discuss those matters.

White House officials said they did not know whether US President Donald Trump would seek to block former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey from testifying to Congress this week, a move that could spark a political backlash.

Several reports suggest James Comey, the former FBI Director, will publicly testify before a Senate committee that President Trump put him under enormous pressure to discontinue the FBI investigation into Trump's former national security adviser Mike Flynn's ties to Moscow. But asked directly whether Trump would invoke executive privilege to block Comey from speaking, she said: "The president will make that decision". Another main goal for the hearing on Capitol Hill is for Comey to clarify exactly what was said in his conversations with Trump, said Warner.

At the same time, Franken said he was hopeful special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, would unearth answers in his investigation into the issue.

Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, announced last week with chairman Sen. We have no smoking gun, but every week there's more smoke that appears. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also are expected to testify. Trump's argument in favor of privilege also may be overcome because the investigation is focused on corruption and possible obstruction of justice. The move sparked accusations that Trump dismissed Comey to hinder that investigation and stifle questions about possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is dismissing as "a load of nonsense" the idea that Russia has damaging information on President Donald Trump and denies having any relationship with him.

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Putin said he was unaware of any such discussion and criticized NBC for asking about contacts between the ambassador and the Trump administration.

Mr Comey has reportedly spoken with Special Counsel Robert Mueller - who is now overseeing the Russian Federation investigation for the Justice Department - to work out what he can publicly discuss in his testimony and thereby ensure there are no legal issues.

Blunt says "let's find out what happened and bring this to a conclusion". While the justices said conversations between presidents and top aides were presumed confidential, they said the privilege is not absolute. "At some point, we'll hear the president's side".

"We'll be watching with the rest of the world when Director Comey testifies", Ms Conway told ABC News. 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. Does Mr. Comey agree that that is what was said? "Why would he tell the president that?"

Trump has called an FBI investigation into alleged ties between his campaign and Russian Federation a "witch hunt" created to undermine the legitimacy of his 2016 election win.

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