Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

White House: Trump won't stop Comey from testifying

White House: Trump won't stop Comey from testifying

President Donald Trump won't try to stop former FBI Director James Comey from testifying to the Senate this week about investigations of Russian meddling in the USA election that could touch on Trump as well as his current and former associates.

There was speculation that White House counsel may try to prevent Comey from talking about his conversations with President Trump.

Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says the president's power to invoke privilege is "well-established".

Comey has already spoken with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has taken over the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation, regarding the upcoming testimony according to CNN which cited an unnamed source.

Comey was abruptly fired last month while overseeing the FBI's own investigation of alleged Russian interference.

The President will not get in the way of fired FBI Director James Comey's testimony this week.

White House officials reportedly weighed trying to block Comey by arguing that his discussions with the president pertained to national security and that there was an expectation of privacy. The American University professor said Trump's history of "avoiding accountability" through his business career make it likely that Trump will simply resign to avoid accountability again.

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Legislators in both parties have urged Mr Trump to allow Mr Comey to testify publicly.

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

Pelosi added, "I think if the President were to say he shouldn't testify, that would be very incriminating for the President".

It has been reported that Comey plans to talk about conversations in which Trump pressured him to drop his investigation into former national security advisor Mike Flynn, who was sacked for failing to disclose conversations with Russian officials. Mr. Trump has denied that he did so, but said it would not have been wrong if he had.

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press", he tweeted in May.

The White House has rebuffed questions about whether Trump was suggesting he had recorded his discussions with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.

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