Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
National | By Mildred Castro

Trump will not use executive privilege to block James Comey's testimony

Trump will not use executive privilege to block James Comey's testimony

The Russia maelstrom raging around Donald Trump's presidency reaches a momentous plot twist this week when ex-FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate.

"The president's power to assert executive privilege is well-established", spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

Comey is expected to deliver on Thursday his first public testimony before the committee since Trump abruptly fired him last month. Comey's conversations and meetings with Trump were memorialized in memos written by the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

That ended speculation that Trump may try to block potentially explosive Comey testimony on Thursday.

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Most major U.S. television networks plan to carry the event live.

Comey is expected to be questioned about the circumstances of his firing and allegations that Trump has tried to stifle the agency's Russian Federation investigation and divert attention to intelligence leaks that have hurt his administration.

Associates of Comey said the former director kept notes of his conversations with Trump, including of a February meeting in which the president asked Comey to lay off an ongoing investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn - a topic that is sure to come up at the hearing.

Asked Friday if the White House might invoke executive privilege, Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters: "That committee hearing was just noticed, and I think obviously it's got to be reviewed".

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Democrats who argue that Trump has already behaved in a manner tantamount to obstructing justice meanwhile jumped on Trump's comment in an NBC interview in May that he was thinking of the Russian Federation probe when he fired Comey.

Presidents can assert executive privilege to prevent government employees from sharing information.

Some critics of Trump have said that such a request, especially given that he later fired Comey, could be interpreted as an obstruction of justice.

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"I haven't spoken to counsel yet, I don't know how they'll respond".

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