White House: Trump will not block Comey's testimony

White House: Trump will not block Comey's testimony

White House: Trump will not block Comey's testimony

Comey, fired last month as FBI director amid a federal investigation into connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, is set to testify Thursday at a highly anticipated congressional hearing that could shed light on his private conversations with the president in the weeks before his dismissal. "You don't do that I think by invoking executive privilege on a conversation you had apparently with nobody else in the room".

Spicer said he hadnt spoken to the White House counsel, Don McGahn, about the matter.

The White House on Monday said Trump would not use presidential powers to block Comey from testifying to Congress. The events include the Alfalfa Club dinner, the Gridiron Club dinner and, perhaps most famously, the White House Correspondents' Dinner. That committee is expected to listen to Comey's testimony about the investigation into Russia's alleged election meddling previous year and Comey's private conversations with the president. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

Trump, meanwhile, reportedly told Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting that Comey was a "nut job" and that his dismissal would help get the Russia issue behind him. Flynn was ousted February 13, less than four weeks after Trumps inauguration.

Comey is said to have written detailed notes about three conversations he had with Trump while still Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Independent analysts have said they dont believe Comey, now a private citizen, can be stopped if he is intent on telling his story. “How is the president going to stop Comey from testifying?

"The President's power to assert executive privilege is well-established".

"The claim of executive privilege requires that the communications in question be confidential".

Conceivably, the administration could seek a court injunction against Comey testifying, in which case a violation would constitute contempt of court.

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said on ABCs “Good Morning America” on Friday that Trump and his staff would be “watching with the rest of the world” to see what Comey has to say.

When asked by Fox News' John Roberts if Trump would invoke executive privilege, Sanders read a statement on Trump's decision to allow Comey's testimony to proceed.

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