White House: Trump won't block Comey testimony
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 22:43
Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the president's power to invoke privilege is "well-established".
Comey's conversations and meetings with Trump were memorialized in memos written by the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
President Donald Trump reportedly had been considering setting up a team inside the White House to handle crisis response stemming from the probes.
Comey will testify on June 8 before a congressional panel probing allegations of Russian interference in last year's United States election, the Senate Intelligence Committee said on June 1, 2017.
The White House director of legislative affairs says the ongoing investigations into possible links between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's campaign have undoubtedly detracted from the administration's agenda. But trying to use it to silence Comey could have put Trump on shaky legal and political ground.
It allows the president to keep certain information, including conversations with executive branch employees, private.
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. "You don't do that I think by invoking executive privilege on a conversation you had apparently with nobody else in the room".
The National Archives and Records Administration asked the White House to save all of the President's tweets, even those deleted, to be part of their records. The members of Senate Intelligence Committee intend to ask Comey about those memos on Thursday. "Arguably, Trump has himself breached that confidentiality", Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman told CNN. A special counsel is looking into links between Trump's presidential campaign past year and Russians who sought to influence the election by hacking Democrats.
He, however, is expected to abstain from discussing the ongoing federal Russian Federation investigation, a Senate intelligence committee source told CNN.