Trump mulling gag on public testimony of ex-FBI chief
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 11:46
Comey is scheduled to testify Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee.
Despite speculation that President Trump may seek executive privilege to prevent his former Federal Bureau of Investigation director - James Comey- from testifying next week before the Senate, two senior administration officials reportedly said there is no plan to hinder the testimony.
Richard Painter, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, who served as the chief ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush, said he had no idea what Comey might say.
There are already calls for Donald Trump to be impeached if was clear that he fired James Comey to stop the Russian Federation investigation. Since then, reports have emerged alleging that the president had previously asked Comey to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn.
The concept of executive privilege stems from idea that the President must be able to enjoy frank communications with Cabinet members and advisers.
Mr. Trump could still move to block the testimony next week, given his history of changing his mind at the last minute about major decisions.
Mr. Comey, according to people close to him, recorded his discussions with Mr. Trump in memos he wrote shortly after each interaction.
Now he personally might become a part of the probe, as investigators consider whether Trump obstructed justice in firing him or in interacting with him before his dismissal. "It would be odd if he could then invoke privilege to block Comey from giving his version of events", Feldman told Bloomberg.
"I doubt that Mueller is near a decision about whether to bring charges against anyone", he said in an email response to questions. Outside counsel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Comey is expected to answer questions on Thursday that may put pressure on the embattled Trump administration, including describing the conversations he had with Trump regarding Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. "There's a cloud over the presidency that needs to be removed if the facts justify it". Given Russia's long-standing desire to cultivate relations with influential United States persons, isn't the American public right to be concerned about Mr. - Mr. Flynn's conduct, his failure to disclose that contact with the Russian ambassador, his attempts to cover it up and what looks like the White House's attempts to sweep this under the rug? The former FBI director had been invited by the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify and was slated to appear next week;, an event expected to touch on alleged conversations with Donald Trump in which the president tried to get Comey to back off the investigations.
In a letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn, the Democrats said that "any such assertion of privilege is nearly certainly baseless, particularly given that Mr. Comey is no longer employed by the Trump administration".
Russian President Vladimir Putin strongly denied he had any compromising material about US President Donald Trump in a sometimes combative televised interview broadcast on Sunday.
But as Comey's time in the hot seat approaches, the White House has suggested that what Trump may do - or not do, rather - will set him apart from Nixon in a very real way.