June 24, 2017

Trump will not block ex-FBI chief Comey's testimony - White House

06 June 2017, 06:37 | Leonard Manning

Comey testifies before the House Intelligence Committee hearing into alleged Russian meddling in the 201

Comey testifies before the House Intelligence Committee hearing into alleged Russian meddling in the 201

He has said Comey assured him he was not personally under investigation, and in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, Trump criticized Comey as an attention seeker.

Former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before Congress is scheduled this week, but U.S. President Donald Trump will not invoke his executive privilege to stop it, according to the White House. This comes in wake of much speculation that the USA president may in fact exercise his right to block it.

Comey is scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday for his first public discussion of the events that led to his dismissal last month in the midst of leading an investigation into associates of Trump. Trump had reportedly repeatedly asked Comey about his loyalty, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief had refused to indicate any such thing.

Democrats who argue that Trump has already behaved in a manner tantamount to obstructing justice meanwhile jumped on Trump's comment in an NBC interview in May that he was thinking of the Russian Federation probe when he fired Comey. NYT reports that Comey defied the order.

Comey's appearance will be carried on live television.

Those struggles are coming to a head as fired FBI Director James Comey is set to testify on Capitol Hill Thursday.

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Comey reportedly wrote memos describing conversations with Trump before he was sacked in which Trump allegedly asked him to "let this go", referring to the FBI's investigation of Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Mueller, respected for his independence and thoroughness, has so far been silent about taking over the investigations.

Comey was also "taken aback" by Trump's request for a loyalty pledge at a dinner at the White House in late January, CNN's Jake Tapper has reported.

Mueller has reportedly met with Comey to discuss the parameters of his testimony.

Besides Kushner, Cohen and Flynn, the Justice and Congressional investigations are also looking into the Russian Federation ties of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, political consultant Roger Stone, and foreign affairs advisor Carter Page.

In this May 8, 2017, photo, then-FBI Director James Comey speaks to the Anti-Defamation League National Leadership Summit in Washington.

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