ABC, CBS News to Carry James Comey Senate Testimony Live

If Trump had asserted executive privilege over Comey, it would have likely created the perception that the administration was seeking to hide information about the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

At another reported meeting, Trump allegedly asked Comey to drop the FBI's investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn.

Both Trump's fellow Republicans and Democrats from the intelligence panel said they meant to grill Comey about whether Trump tried to get him to back off the investigation. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) are scheduled to dine with the president Tuesday night, the Washington Examiner reported and NBC News confirmed.

The White House says the president will not assert executive privilege to try to block testimony by Comey.

Comey's testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee is certainly attracting a lot of attention and, indeed, could have long-lasting implications, depending on what is revealed.

"But the president is expected to be tweeting on Thursday in response to Comey, not to stay quiet during the testimony", he added.

Comey's sacking came as the Federal Bureau of Investigation probes possible collusion between the president's election campaign team and Russian Federation - which U.S. intelligence believes hoped to tilt the election in the Republican's favor. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is scheduled to meet with President Trump as well as House and Senate leadership.

Comey's appearance will be carried on live television.

Since Mr Comey's sacking, allies of Mr Trump and Mr Comey have traded competing narratives about their interactions.

He reportedly has met with Comey to discuss the probe, and Comey reportedly sought his approval to testify before lawmakers.

Eric Trump, left, and Donald Trump Jr., executive vice presidents. White House advisers also have described the Federal Bureau of Investigation as in disarray due to Comey's leadership.

A top secret National Security Agency document meanwhile shows that hackers from Russian military intelligence repeatedly tried to break into United States voting systems before last year's presidential election, The Intercept reported Monday.

The report said Kushner objected to outsourcing the inquiries.

  • Zachary Reyes