Trump Not Expected To Block Comey's Senate Testimony

Trump Appears Unlikely to Hinder Comey's Testimony About Russia Inquiry

Trump Not Expected To Block Comey's Senate Testimony

Top Democrats from the House Judiciary Committee warned the White House that if President Donald Trump blocks former FBI Director James Comey from testifying in a hearing, they would consider it an effort to "obstruct the truth from both Congress and the American people".

The White House is reviewing whether to invoke executive privilege to prevent former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey from testifying before a congressional panel next week. "He's been asked by Congress to testify and I think he should testify, in front of Congress and that way the public is aware of what is going on".

"That committee hearing was just notice and I think, obviously, it has got to be reviewed", he said.

On the issue of whether operatives of the Trump campaign or the President himself actively colluded with the Russians in their efforts to sabotage the Clinton campaign in hopes of electing Trump, Comey declined to answer questions, taking "no comment" refuge in his "pending investigation" mantra.

Sollenberger said any argument in favor of privilege also could be overcome because the investigation is focused on corruption and possible obstruction of justice.

"I think it would take extraordinary gumption for the head of a state-owned bank in Russian Federation to engage in diplomacy at this level without at least some support from the Kremlin", Frye said.

Comey, who was leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year's USA presidential election, was sacked by Trump last month, four years into his 10-year term. But when asked directly whether Trump would invoke executive privilege to block Comey from speaking, she said, "The president will make that decision".

The investigations began after USA intelligence agencies concluded Russia hacked Democratic National Committee computer servers previous year with the intent of inflicting damage on the campaign of Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton, who political analysts say, Russian President Vladimir Putin despised.

When pressed on what key questions remain for Comey as he faces lawmakers, Warner said "I want him to reinforce one, the fact that the Russians directly intervened in our elections".

Trump asked Comey to drop the Flynn investigation, said a person who was given a copy of a memo Comey wrote about the conversation.

The move means Mr Mueller's politically-charged inquiry will now look into Mr Flynn's paid work as a lobbyist for a Turkish businessman previous year, in addition to contacts between Russian officials and Mr Flynn and other Trump associates during and after the Nov 8 presidential election.

'The last time he testified he had to scurry to correct that testimony, ' Conway said of Comey.

"The tone, the exact words that were spoken and the context are so important and that's what we lack right now and we can only get that by talking to those directly involved", she said. Flynn was sacked after it was revealed that he mislead the Trump administration about his communications with a Russian envoy. The White House has denied those characterizations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, however, said last Thursday some Russians may have acted on their own. Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was paid $45,000 to speak at the event. In the end, we can expect a cascade of colorful sparks and thick smoke but no real fire at the next edition of "Comey under oath".

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