Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

White House: Trump will not use executive privilege to stop Comey testimony

White House: Trump will not use executive privilege to stop Comey testimony

Former FBI director James B. Comey will testify under oath before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, a highly-anticipated political event which could have negligible impact or could just be the catalyst for the beginning of President Trump impeachment steps.

She said "the president's power to exert executive privilege is very well-established", but Trump would not exercise it in this case.

The memorandums reportedly document the president's efforts to get the FBI to ease the investigation's focus on former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

Trump fired Comey early last month as the FBI was investigating possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation to tilt the election in the Republican's favor.

Comey's appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its Russia-related investigation will be his first public testimony since his firing on May 9.

Burr and Warner, a Virginia Democrat, met Monday with acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, and Burr said he raised the issue of Comey's memos about his dealings with Trump.

Comey to testify openly about Trump discussions, not so on Russia
On Monday morning, Trump upended the White House's week with a blitz of statements delivered via Twitter. Senators plan to ask Comey about those memos on Thursday.

Comey will also likely field questions about reports that, just after taking office, Trump asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation director for his loyalty.

The broad boundaries, relayed by Comey to Burr and Vice Chairman Mark Warner last week, comes after Comey's discussions with Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the agency's probe into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

Comey is scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill Thursday. The committee also wants to know if Trump sought a vow of personal loyalty and whether Comey was sacked because he did not comply.

Spicer said last week that whether executive privilege would be invoked to stop Comey's testimony was still being reviewed.

"I know the Senate Judiciary Committee has made a similar request of Mr. Comey and I support their request", Schumer said in remarks as the Senate reopened on Monday after a weeklong recess.

Burr said he understood that the decision on the Comey memos was a "Justice Department determination".

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