Trump Not Expected To Block Comey's Senate Testimony

Gwen Vasquez
June 5, 2017

Warner also said the idea that a president would ask the FBI to back off an investigation in which he could be a target is "unthinkable".

The House panel pursuing its own investigation of the Trump campaign and possible Russian Federation ties has also sought information from Comey, asking the FBI to turn over documents related to his interactions with both the White House and the Justice Department. The committee aide, who wasnt authorized to discuss the issue and spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the action would have been taken without agreement from the Democratic minority on the committee.

Trump can attempt to invoke it to keep Comey from discussing their conversations with Congress, and administration officials Friday had suggested it was a legal tool the president may try to use.

Trump reportedly told Russian officials during a visit to the White House on May 10 that firing Comey the previous day relieved "great pressure" the president was feeling from an investigation of possible ties between his election campaign team and Russian officials.

Those waiting for shocking new revelations from James Comey in his congressional testimony next week are likely to be disappointed.

"There's a very interesting phrase in which he says, 'While I am very grateful that you, on three separate occasions, informed me that I was not a subject of the investigation.,'" Collins said.

Take a moment and reflect on the intelligence community's conclusion that Putin's goals included undermining public faith in the USA democratic process.

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".

"I don't believe he is", he said when asked if the President was the target of an investigation.

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Trump likely would argue that Comey's testimony involves confidential conversations or matters of national security.

Kellyanne Conway raised the prospect that the White House may try to invoke executive privilege over Comey's conversations with Trump.

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" That they - they assessed that they really wanted Trump to win it and were working to help him win and her lose. It's also part of the story he's planning to tell lawmakers next week when - barring a last-minute schedule change - he testifies publicly for the first time about his axing, and about alleged collusion between Trump associates and elements of the Russian government to influence last year's presidential election.

In the NBC interview, Putin was asked about reports of Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner's attempt to set up a secret communications channel with Russian Federation.

Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican member of the intelligence committee, said Comey's testimony would be critical to address mounting questions about possible obstruction of justice.

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

"I have not spoken to counsel yet, I don't know how they're going to respond", he said.

Recently, a small group of Montana citizens committed to calm, thoughtful, nonpartisan engagement joined together to ensure our representatives in Washington, D.C., hear our concerns about Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential race.

But Trump has addressed his conversations with Comey publicly in interviews and tweets, including one where he threatened the ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

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