Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Collins says the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation needs help

Collins says the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation needs help

President Donald Trump signaled that he will not try to stop fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey from testifying to Congress next week, The New York Times reported Friday.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday that President Trump was considering whether to invoke executive privilege to stop Comey's appearance.

Could President Donald Trump keep former FBI Director James Comey from testifying to lawmakers about their private conversations?

As FBI director, Comey was leading the agency's probe into Russian interference in last year's presidential election and into whether Trump campaign aides illegally colluded with Russia before Trump fired Comey last month. But legal experts say Trump likely undermined those arguments because he's publicly discussed the conversations in tweets and interviews.

A second White House official confirmed that the issue is under review.

Conway also took several shots at Comey - noting that after his last testimony, he had to release a letter correcting his statement that former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin had forwarded thousands of emails to husband Anthony Weiner's computer.

Trump would be on "even shakier footing" in trying to block Comey, the report added.

But the privilege isn't "absolute" and the court has said it has limits - indeed, it can be overcome upon a proper showing of need for the evidence at issue in a criminal trial or grand jury proceedings, and the DC Circuit has held that the "privilege disappears altogether when there is any reason to believe government misconduct occurred". Al Franken and Richard Blumenthal and others about Flynn and other Trump campaign operatives, Comey refused to comment on the pending FBI investigations.

Man arrested near Westminster on suspicion of possessing a knife
The Guardian reports that a man was arrested by police at the gates of Parliament and has been detained by three officers. Photos on social media appear to show a man in a grey hoodie being held at gunpoint and being handcuffed.

Don't we, as the American people, deserve the right to know and shouldn't our FBI investigate such claims?

Donald Trump and James Comey.

Russia has repeatedly denied any effort to interfere in the U.S. election, and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said some Russians might have acted on their own without their government's involvement.

Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday that the Senate Intelligence Committee could use the help of a special investigator as its sprawling investigation into Russian meddling in the November election - and whether there was any collusion with President Trump's campaign team - continues to widen.

Mr. Comey, according to people close to him, recorded his discussions with Mr. Trump in memos he wrote shortly after each interaction. Blocking testimony could be politically explosive, experts say, and possibly create the impression that the president has something to hide.

Comey can also expect to field questions about Trump's claims that Comey told him three separate times that he was not under investigation as part of the Russian Federation probe. It's possible that Congress could have sued the White House over a claim in order to get a judge to rule that Trump had waived the privilege by publicly characterizing the conversations already, but there seems to be no precedent for such an implied waiver.

An adviser to Trump's campaign and prominent speaker at the 2016 Republican National Convention, Flynn was sacked less than four weeks after Trump's inauguration after claims that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the USA, during the presidential transition.

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