White House says Trump won't block Comey testimony

White House says Trump won't block Comey testimony

The White House on Monday said Donald Trump would not use presidential powers to prevent ex-FBI director James Comey from testifying to Congress.

She asserted that Trump's right to "assert executive privilege is well-established" but that he seeks to "facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts".

The significance of the move lies in the fact that Comey was probing alleged Russian hacking in last year's US presidential election.

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at an Air Traffic Control Reform Initiative event in the East Room at the White House, Monday, June 5, 2017, in Washington. Comey is scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill Thursday. Just days after Trump's inauguration, he invited the director to dinner and, according to people familiar with Comey's account, asked him repeatedly for his loyalty, which Comey declined to give.

Comey is scheduled to speak publicly for the first time since he was sacked and since several news outlets reported that his memos showed that Trump sought to persuade him to drop his probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Legal experts have also said that the president likely undermined his ability to assert executive privilege by publicly discussing his dealings with Comey in tweets and interviews.

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Williams said the department now makes sure to read through all applicants' personnel files and employment history. Investigators say surveillance shows Tamir reaching toward his waistband and lifting up an outer garment.

Sources familiar with Comey's thinking told CNN last month that he now believes that Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russian Federation investigation, during several conversations.

Trump told NBC News he believed Comey to be a "showboat" and "grandstander".

On Wednesday, the House Intelligence Committee issued subpoenas for Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen and Flynn- who was also allegedly part of discussions between the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

Should Comey deliver devastating testimony on any of those questions that suggests Trump obstructed justice, he will significantly worsen the political challenges facing the President.

"They've talked, and I understand the special counsel has not fenced him off in any way, shape or form on the items he intends to talk about", said Burr.

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