White House announces Trump won't block Comey testimony

President Donald Trump will not assert executive privilege to block fired FBI Director James Comey from testifying on Capitol Hill, the White House announced Monday.

She asserted that Trump's right to "assert executive privilege is well-established" but that he seeks to "facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts". While that hearing is ostensibly on aspects of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the witnesses are expected to be asked a number of questions about Russian Federation, the election and Comey.

He will face a barrage of questions from Republican and Democratic lawmakers about the circumstances of his firing, as well as allegations that Trump tried to get Comey to shelve the investigation of his aides. His appearance will mark his first public comments since he was abruptly fired by the president on May 9. His testimony could potentially be damaging for Trump, but attempting to block Comey could have looked bad for the president, as well.

There were reports that Trump had met with Comey to demand the Federal Bureau of Investigation director pledge his loyalty to Trump, to which Comey refused. The statement comes amid reports that Mr. Trump asked the former FBI director to end their investigation into former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's connection to the Russian government.

"The privilege that allows the president and other high officials of the executive branch to keep certain communications private if disclosing those communications would disrupt the functions or decision-making processes of the executive branch", according to Cornell Law School. He met with Mueller, who cleared him to testify. The White House denied that version of events.

  • Zachary Reyes