Pro-Trump group labels Comey political 'showboat' in new ad

"I wish him luck", Trump told reporters as he met with Republican congressional leaders.

But that task has instead shifted outside the administration, with the president's aides expected to deflect all Comey-related questions on Thursday to President Donald Trump's outside counsel, Marc Kasowitz.

The report is based on what is described as a "source familiar with Comey's thinking", according to the story.

The ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director will appear Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee for a hearing sure to be replete with political drama and intrigue.

Eric Beach, head of Great America Alliance, said no one from the White House asked his group to do the ad.

Mr Trump has scheduled a speech addressing religious conservatives in the Faith and Freedom Coalition at around the same time as Mr Comey's testimony.

"The president's got a full day on Thursday", Spicer said. However, that effort has largely stalled, both because of a lack of decision-making in the West Wing and concerns among some potential recruits about joining a White House under the cloud of investigation.

Shaw's Tavern in Washington, D.C., is set to host a watch party called "The Comey Hearing Covfefe", named for the mysterious word President Trump tweeted about the press.

He said the White House has "improved" its communications with surrogates, starting with the president's recent trip overseas, and frequently holds call-ins to discuss what story lines they'd like to push.

  • Joanne Flowers