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Trump signals he won't try to block James Comey's Senate testimony

08 June 2017

NY [U.S.], June 3: The White House may try to invoke executive privilege as former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a senate on June 8 about the accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end his investigation into his former national security adviser's ties to Russian Federation.'s.

Last month, the New York Times reported that Comey wrote a February memo alleging Trump asked him to shut down the FBI investigation into Flynn's ties to Russian Federation.

On Friday morning, Conway suggested that Trump might claim executive privilege in an attempt to prevent Comey from testifying at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing next Thursday, and Spicer kept that thought balloon intact when asked about the possible strategy at a White House press briefing later in the day.

Besides, even if Trump invoked the privilege, Comey would still be able to testify unless the White House somehow got a judge to issue an injunction, which experts say would be highly unlikely.

Meanwhile, White House officials said they did not know Friday evening if Trump will seek to block Comey from testifying, a move that is certain to spark a high stakes political firestorm.

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The source also said that if Comey believed in real time that an obstruction was taking place at the hands of the President, Comey would have done something other than just write a memo. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations. Comey would not have told Trump he is not a potential target because he knows better than to disclose that kind of information. "You don't do that, I think, by invoking executive privilege on a conversation you had apparently with nobody else in the room", the Missouri Republican said.

"There's nothing Comey could say that would be more damaging than trying to silence him", one White House adviser told ABC News.

'He was off by hundreds of thousands in his count, his sworn testimony count, of the number of emails that Huma Abedin allegedly sent to her husband Anthony Weiner, ' she said, bringing up the Weiner scandal just days after he plead guilty to transferring obscene material to a minor. If I were in the White House, I would be anxious, too.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, also a member of the committee, said she had several questions for Comey in light of various public statements about the ongoing FBI probe, including Trump's claim that the FBI director had said that Trump was not the subject of an investigation.

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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The president also supposedly asked Comey to pledge his loyalty. Flynn was sacked after it was revealed that he mislead the Trump administration about his communications with a Russian envoy.

Richard Nixon: Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.

"I want to ask those individuals directly, 'Did they have that kind of pressure?'" Warner said, referring to Coats and Rogers. Comey was leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year's USA presidential election.

If questioned again in Congress next week about whether the President tried to obstruct the investigation of Trump campaign operative Gen. Michael Flynn, it will be impossible for Comey to walk away from his previous and oft repeated refusals to comment on specific individuals under investigation without shattering what remains of his own reputation for integrity.

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