Trump is unlikely to invoke executive privilege to stop Comey's testimony

Jerome Frank
June 13, 2017

The White House faces a dilemma over whether to block Comey's highly anticipated testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is probing any ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Earlier Friday, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, said on ABC's Good Morning America that "the president will make that decision".

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". Trump undercut that narrative just days later by saying he dismissed Comey in part because of the "Russia thing". Trump's argument in favor of privilege also may be overcome because the investigation is focused on corruption and possible obstruction of justice.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former FBI Director James Comey was "disturbed" by his interactions with President Donald Trump but "he thought he had the situation under control", a source familiar with Comey's thinking tells CNN.

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.

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The President has said Mr Comey informed him three times that he personally was not under investigation. "The acting director of the FBI also said that there'd not been an attempt to influence the investigation. Mr. Comey's testimony may shed light on government misconduct".

"I'll apply a scientific term - he's a hot dog", Rove said. Trump can not use executive privilege to keep Comey from testifying about discussions that may point to potential misconduct, and that's especially true now that Trump has already made those discussions public. However, it's not as if these criticisms came out of nowhere either; House and Senate members of both parties had been publicly criticizing Comey for months, including his new boss, Jeff Sessions. 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. The White House has denied that a "conversation of that nature occurred". He later tweeted that Comey better hope there are no "tapes" of their conversations.

Ohlin said that if Trump invokes executive privilege and Comey testifies despite that, the administration has two avenues for recourse: an injunction before Comey's testimony, or a prosecution afterward, neither of which would be very helpful for Trump.

On Saturday, a White House spokesperson directed a question about the New York Times report to outside counsel - which did not immediately respond to a request comment.

Trump's attempt to lift the sanctions were ultimately blocked, but there are new reports that Trump is planning to give Russian Federation back facilities in the United States taken by President Barack Obama in the initial sanctions over the election interference. I - I understand people's curiosity about our work and intense interest in it, and as Mr. King said, oftentimes, speculation about it.

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