Comey expected to testify openly about Trump discussions, but limited on Russian Federation
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 14:51
"I think that the president is often very effective in driving our message in Congress", said Short, who argued that the president won the election because he was "not a conformist candidate" and voters were anxious for change in Washington.
"In order to facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts sought by the Senate Intelligence Committee, President Trump will not assert executive privilege", she said.
But Trump's office put an end to that speculation on Monday, saying: "President Trump will not assert executive privilege regarding James Comey's scheduled testimony".
While Some Republicans in Congress had said that Trump should stop Comey's testimony, many legal scholars believed Trump had already waived his executive privilege because he spoke about conversations he had with Comey and tweeted about them. Comey is set to testify on Thursday.
"Sooner rather than later, let's find out what happened and bring this to a conclusion", Blunt said on "Fox News Sunday". A special counsel is looking into links between Trump's presidential campaign a year ago and Russians who sought to influence the election by hacking Democrats.
After revelations of a possible collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russian government came to light after his ascension to the White House, Comey was reportedly asked by Trump to drop the investigation into the matter, in particular regarding former Presidential National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
But the reports have raised questions about the motivation for firing Comey and whether his role in investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation had something to do with it.
Mueller, also a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, was named last month as special counsel by the US Justice Department to investigate Russian meddling in the presidential election. He wrote, "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"
Comey's appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its Russia-related investigation will be his first public testimony since his firing on May 9. "Arguably, Trump has himself breached that confidentiality", Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman told CNN.
The president's free-wheeling style underscores the difficulty the White House faces as it attempts to recalibrate following weeks of damaging reports about possible ties between his campaign and Russian Federation, as well as a steady drumbeat of speculation about internal conflict and disarray.
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