Putin dismisses US claims about Trump, election

Gwen Vasquez
June 5, 2017

The executive privilege doctrine is "the right of a president to withhold information from those with compulsory power - including special counsels and congressional committees - but only when it's in the public interest to do so", said Mark Rozell, dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and author of "Executive Privilege: Presidential Power, Secrecy and Accountability".

Putin also told NBC that regardless of Trump's previous travel to Russian Federation as a businessman, he had had no relationship with him and had never met him. Could President Donald Trump keep Comey from testifying to lawmakers about their private conversations?

Comey reportedly is expected to testify that Trump, in one of the conversations, asked the director to back off investigating ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, fired for not disclosing talks with a Russian ambassador. 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.

The former FBI chief is due to testify on Thursday before the intelligence committee as part of its own Russia-related investigation.

"Clearly, it would be very, very troubling if the president of the United States is interfering in investigations that affect potentially the president and his closest associates", said Sen.

As the committee previewed its game plan, a former top security adviser to Barack Obama attacked Kushner, calling allegations that he attempted to set up back-channel communications with Russian Federation during the presidential transition period "extraordinary, if not mind-boggling".

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The Senate intelligence committee also has invited top spy and law enforcement officials to testify Wednesday at a hearing about the federal law governing foreign intelligence collection. Roy Blunt, a member of the Senate intelligence committee.

Trump could invoke executive privilege by arguing that discussions with Comey pertained to national security and that he had an expectation of privacy in getting candid advice from top aides. Some legal experts say Trump likely undermined those arguments because he has discussed the conversations in tweets and interviews. Trump's argument in favor of privilege also may be overcome because the investigation is focused on corruption and possible obstruction of justice. The Comey memo caused alarm on Capitol Hill and raised questions about whether Trump tried to interfere with a federal investigation.

The Missouri Republican tells "Fox News Sunday" that "at some point, we'll hear the president's side".

"Ultimately, I think we will get a chance to look at them, and I think it's very important", said Warner.

In this May 8, 2017, photo, then-FBI Director James Comey speaks to the Anti-Defamation League National Leadership Summit in Washington. The potential for explosive testimony from Comey that could impact a sitting president makes Thursday's hearing a highly anticipated event, akin to the hearings in the 1970s examining the Watergate scandal, said Linda Peek-Schacht, a political adviser who worked in President Jimmy Carter's White House. "It would be unthinkable if the president actually did what was reported, asked FBI Director Comey to, in effect, back off of at least the investigation into General Flynn", Warner said. Why would he tell the President that? "Where would we get this information from?"

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