Could Trump muzzle Comey? A look at executive privilege

Comey is expected to testify about interactions with Mr. Trump, in which the president asked Comey for his loyalty and asked the then-FBI director to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The committee's Republican chairman and senior Democrat have said members want to hear from Comey on his role in the development of the USA intelligence agencies' assessment that Russian Federation interfered in last year's election.

He also said the US intelligence agencies were cooperating with the House panel and that it was therefore unclear why Nunes would issue the subpoenas, which constitute a formal demand for information.

U.S. President Donald Trump will decide whether to invoke his presidential powers to block former FBI Director James Comey from giving congressional testimony next week, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said on Friday.

Why did Comey say he's never been asked to stop an investigation for political reasons after that conversation with Trump?

Rosenstein was a key figure in Comey's firing, having authored the primary memo cited by President Trump in his May 9 letter to the top cop notifying him of his termination. Critics could claim Trump is using privilege to thwart questions about potential ties between Russian Federation and Flynn and Russia's alleged influence on the election.

Democratic Representative Jackie Speier said it appeared that Nunes was "more concerned with pushing the White House narrative than seeking the truth".

The House Intelligence Committee's investigation is one of several congressional probes into Russian Federation, along with one by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Stepping back from a campaign promise and incurring Israeli ire, President Donald Trump acted Thursday to keep the U.S. Embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv for now instead of moving it to Jerusalem, a cautious move aimed at bolstering prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord.

The president and Congress typically hammer out a compromise when they disagree about whether privilege can be asserted, said Rozell.

The requests to unmask the names of Trump associates underwent the same stringent evaluations that United States privacy laws and intelligence regulations require for all such applications, and they produced nothing out of the ordinary, said the four officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "I think loyalty to the country, loyalty to the U.S., is important".

Until he was sacked on May 9, Comey was leading the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling, which had started back in July.

Mueller has reportedly given Comey his blessing to speak publicly to the Senate Intelligence Committee and the pair have discussed ways to avoid legal problems from the testimony, according to multiple reports this week. "Susan Rice has been a perennial target for the GOP for whatever reason".

The President has said Mr Comey informed him three times that he personally was not under investigation. He said he hoped House Speaker Paul Ryan would intervene to make sure that happened. He remains committee chairman, but Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, is now leading the investigation. Even if Comey can't talk about sensitive details of an ongoing criminal investigation, legislators will likely want to inquire about his conversations with the president and the circumstances of his firing.

  • Leroy Wright