Author: Rohan Malpure Date: 6-6-17
President Donald Trump will not invoke his executive privilege to block former FBI Director James Comey from testifying before Congress this week (Planned for Thursday).
The announcement came on Monday. “The president’s power to exert executive privilege is very well-established. However, in order to facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts sought by the Senate Intelligence Committee, President Trump will not assert executive privilege regarding James Comey’s scheduled testimony,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.
Comey was leading an FBI probe into alleged Russian interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election when he was fired by President Trump.
Comey’s testimony will be given in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. He is scheduled to speak before the committee as a part of their investigation into Russian interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election. His testimony is expected to address the circumstances around his firing and his conversations with President Trump about the investigation. These conversations will include allegations that President Trump pressured Comey to drop his investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn, who was fired for failing to disclose conversations with Russian officials. This will be Comey’s first time testifying since he was fired last month.
Presidents can assert their executive privilege to prevent government employees from sharing information. According to Reuters, if Trump had asserted his executive privilege, it would likely have created the perception that his administration had something to hide.
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