Trump's Continued Search For New FBI Chief Is A Huge Mess
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 3:48
Former FBI Director James Comey will have the nation captivated next Thursday when he testifies before a Senate panel about the stunning accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end his investigation into his former national security adviser's ties to Russian Federation.
Mr Comey, who was sacked by the United States president last month, is set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee which is probing possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation.
The Senate panel is likely to ask Mr Comey about these interactions and the allegation that Mr Trump tried to pressure him into dropping the FBI's inquiry into Mr Flynn, whose ties to both Russian Federation and Turkey are under scrutiny.
The investigations began after USA intelligence agencies concluded Russia hacked Democratic National Committee computer servers past year with the intent of inflicting damage on the campaign of Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton, who political analysts say, Russian President Vladimir Putin despised. For instance, in the Nixon Watergate probe the existence of Nixon's White House taping system was revealed in a surprise tidbit of testimony from a little-known presidential aide named Alexander Butterfield. Trump's public comments about Comey - including a series of critical tweets - would also hurt the case against executive privilege. Basically, don't hold your breath waiting for some explosive revelation about the Trump-Russia investigation during Comey's testimony.
"There's a very interesting phrase in which he says, 'While I am very grateful that you, on three separate occasions, informed me that I was not a subject of the investigation.,'" Collins said.
Similarly, though a repeat appearance by Comey will generate an enormous television audience, don't expect disclosure of important new evidence supporting claims of obstruction of justice against the President.
Lawmakers should get the chance to hear from fired FBI Director James Comey - and President Donald Trump "is better served by getting all this information out". Another moment Comey reportedly memorialized in a memo was Trump asking Comey to back off investigating his first national security adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
Trump asked Comey to drop the Flynn investigation, said a person who was given a copy of a memo Comey wrote about the conversation.
Collins said she is particularly eager to hear what Comey has to say about his meetings with Trump, which Trump referred to in his letter terminating the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
Presidents have often invoked executive privilege, and they have mostly failed when challenged in court.
Critics have charged that Mr Trump was seeking to hinder the FBI's investigation by dismissing Mr Comey. But legal experts say Trump likely undermined those arguments because he publicly discussed the conversations in tweets and interviews.
"I don't believe he is", he said when asked if the President was the target of an investigation.
What are the odds that Trump would legally succeed in blocking Comey's testimony? Then Congress would have to find Comey in contempt if he refused. "There is a path to judicial review, but a lot of things would have to take place", Wright said.