Senate to hear from Comey; Dems raise new Session questions
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 4:24
"This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Comey", said a White House official.
They say they also hope Comey's testimony will answer questions that have arisen since Comey's sudden firing by President Donald Trump.
"I don't know how they're going to respond", White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters.
It's been three weeks since President Donald Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, and the top position at the country's leading law enforcement agency has yet to be filled, despite the president's promise for a quick replacement.
Mr Flynn resigned in February after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the US.
U.S. President Donald Trump Thursday backed the U.S. House Intelligence Committee's efforts to investigate actions by U.S. security and other officials under previous President Barack Obama, inserting himself into a political feud over its latest subpoenas in the Russian Federation probe.
Associates have said Comey wrote memos describing certain interactions with Trump that gave him pause in the months after the election, including details of a dinner in which Comey claimed the president asked him to pledge his loyalty, and a request to shut down the investigation of Flynn.
Former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired last month, could testify as early as next week and planned to confirm the president's pressure to drop the agency's investigation into Flynn, according to CNN.
President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege in a bid to stop Congress from seeing records about Operation Fast and Furious, a botched gun-smuggling investigation that lost track of about 1,400 guns.
Kernen brought up Comey's past testimony, where he said he didn't face any opposition to the probe.
Comey is set to testify Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee. The White House counsel is often informally involved in the decision.
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, on Thursday praised the US President Donald Trump and said he was exactly the kind of person he liked most. I'll also explain why all of this needs to considered in the context of recent revelations that the Obama administration spied on the U.S. public and did so while being castigated by the very FISA court they were using to do so. Trump could argue that discussions with Comey pertained to national security and had the expectation of privacy.
Now he personally might become a part of the probe, as investigators consider whether Trump obstructed justice in firing him or in interacting with him before his dismissal.
It is reasonable to conclude, the source added, that Comey did not think any of Trump's individual actions constituted obstruction of justice. Then Congress would have to find Comey in contempt if he refused.
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said Friday she doesn't believe Trump should try to block Comey's appearance.