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.
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.
Former FBI Director James Comey is now scheduled to deliver public testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, June 8.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president’s power to invoke executive privilege is “well-established”.
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee Friday warned President Donald Trump that blocking James Comey’s testimony next week “would be seen as an effort to obstruct the truth from both Congress and the American people”. But she said Trump wanted to allow for a “swift and thorough examination of the facts” related to Comey’s ouster and the multiple investigations into his campaign’s possible ties to Russian Federation.
Conway wouldn’t comment on whether Trump has tapes of his Comey conversations as he appeared to claim in a tweet, and whether he would release them. He is expected to address reports that Trump sought to have him end an investigation into a former top official, and sought a loyalty pledge from the independent former FBI chief.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said this morning that he worries the public hearing, scheduled for next Thursday, could turn into a “hit job” on the president. “I think loyalty to the country, loyalty to the USA, is important”.
While the department has compiled a long list of candidates for the White House, there has been no “clear framework or logic for who was interviewed and why”, said one of the sources.
Trump has denied any collusion between Russian Federation and his campaign.
Today, a White House spokesperson referred a question about the Times’ story to outside counsel. “That committee hearing was just noticed and I think, obviously, it has got to be reviewed”, he said during Friday’s press briefing.
“I think Jim Comey deserves to have his, you know, in effect, day in court since the president has disparaged him so much”, Warner said. Another moment Comey reportedly memorialized in a memo was Trump asking Comey to back off investigating his first national security adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Much like the problems for executive privilege created by Trump’s possibly waiving his office’s exclusive right, however, the president’s repeated public mentions of the matter may also make issuing a restraining order – let alone requesting one – legally hard, if not impossible. Early Wednesday morning, the president tweeted Witch Hunt! in reference to testimony by Comey and former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan before Congress on the topic.
However, “I can not defend the Director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the almost universal judgment that he was mistaken”, Rosenstein said.