Trump signals he won't try to block James Comey's Senate testimony

Trump fired Flynn in February amid reports that Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States.

The Russian leader said that at the anniversary party for Russian television network RT in December 2015, his interactions with Flynn were brief and superficial, according to a partial transcript of an interview conducted Friday in Moscow by NBC that aired Sunday night. Putin asked, before saying: "Have you all lost your senses?" Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was paid $45,000 to speak at the event. Trump himself has been dogged by questions about any business dealings with Russia as well as reports of a damaging Russian dossier.

USA intelligence agencies concluded in January that Moscow tried to sway the November vote in Trump's favour.

Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, announced last week with chairman Sen.

Former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey will testify on June 8 before a congressional committee investigating Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

The President has said that Comey informed him three times that he personally was not under investigation.But a memo written by Comey suggested that the president asked him to end its investigation into Michael Flynn.

Although Thursday June 8, 10 am is almost a week away, a live link to the upcoming high drama of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation boss James Comey's testimony is crawling on top of nearly every news website in the US.

After Comey's dismissal, news reports emerged that Trump asked Comey to end the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn during a February meeting in the Oval Office, the day after Flynn was sacked for misrepresenting his contacts with the Russian ambassador.

Former FBI Director James Comey will be grilled on whether President Donald Trump tried to get him to back off an investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, key USA senators said on Sunday ahead of Comey's testimony this week on Capitol Hill.

Presidents have often moved to keep their records and other communications with senior officials private until they leave office, on the theory that confidentiality is crucial to their ability to receive unvarnished advice on sensitive matters. She said it is a matter of tone and context and she hopes Comey can shed light on whether Trump was trying to force Comey to stop the investigation or just wanted to know where it was headed. The White House is anxious that Comey will have a very different version of those discussions and that he felt pressured by Trump to drop the pending investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives also have committees conducting their own probes into possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was sacked as national security adviser in February following reports he had discussions with Russian diplomats prior to Trump's inauguration.

Legal experts and Democrats say Trump would have a weak case if he were to attempt to go the executive privilege route.

  • Leroy Wright