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

Lance Nichols
June 13, 2017

In his first public appearance since Trump fired him on May 9, Comey will address the Senate Intelligence Committee in both an open session and behind closed doors, which would allow him to discuss classified information, the committee said on Thursday. As president, Trump could technically invoke executive privilege to prevent Comey from testifying, but legal experts disagree as to whether or not it's applicable in this situation.

While acknowledging no "smoking gun at this point", Warner said he wants "to know what kind of pressure, appropriate, inappropriate, how many conversations he had with the president about this topic". Indeed, if Comey wishes to maintain any semblance of the reputation for integrity he so scrupulously cultivated before he blew up the presidential election, he will decline to reveal things that would compromise special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into contacts between Trump campaign aides and Russian Federation. Mr. Trump said in one post, shortly after The New York Times reported the request for the loyalty pledge.

Invoking executive privilege can be a politically treacherous move, recalling past scandals like Watergate, in which President Richard M. Nixon asserted the power in efforts to block congressional investigations. Trump claimed in that missive that Comey had told him three times he was not under investigation.

Oh, regarding one of the storylines about Comey losing the confidence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, I asked a recently-retired FBI Agent how Comey was perceived by the rank-and-file.

Conway also took several shots at Comey - noting that after his last testimony, he had to release a letter correcting his statement that former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin had forwarded thousands of emails to husband Anthony Weiner's computer.

"I trust - everyone in Washington trusts - (Mueller) to make the determination about whether these are crimes, and obstruction of justice is a crime", Franken said. "I don't know how they're going to respond". In a March hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey for the first time announced the full scope of what had been known until then as the Russian Federation investigation. "There's a cloud over the presidency that needs to be removed if the facts justify it", he said.

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".

Collins said testimony by former FBI Director James Comey, scheduled for Thursday, is crucial to her understanding of whether Trump was trying to quash the FBI investigation into these issues before Comey's firing last month. It's possible that Congress could have sued the White House over a claim in order to get a judge to rule that Trump had waived the privilege by publicly characterizing the conversations already, but there seems to be no precedent for such an implied waiver. Trump later tweeted: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

"I want the truth", Franken said. Putin has repeated there is no evidence of Kremlin involvement in the election.

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