Trump Appears Unlikely to Hinder Comey's Testimony About Russia Inquiry

President Trump has no plans to invoke executive privilege in an attempt to block fired FBI Director Jim Comey from discussing in his testimony before Congress this week any conversations he had with the president, two White House advisers told ABC News. 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.

The New York Times reported that one official said Trump actually wants Comey to testify because the president has nothing to hide. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

Former FBI Director James Comey is now scheduled to deliver public testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, June 8.

The privilege can't be used to shield government misconduct - such as allegations that Trump may have tried to obstruct justice by asking Comey to drop the FBI's investigation of Flynn, Wright said.

Mr. Comey, according to people close to him, recorded his discussions with Mr. Trump in memos he wrote shortly after each interaction.

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. In the end, the complexity of this issue and the need to possibly resolve the matter in court could bring the congressional questioning of Comey to a screeching halt. Nothing of similar magnitude came from White House big guns like Chief of Staff HR Haldeman or White House Domestic Affairs Adviser John Ehrlichman.

On the issue of whether operatives of the Trump campaign or the President himself actively colluded with the Russians in their efforts to sabotage the Clinton campaign in hopes of electing Trump, Comey declined to answer questions, taking "no comment" refuge in his "pending investigation" mantra. Was it because Trump must have known his version was not the truth and wanted to launch a pre-emptive strike against Comey before Comey could respond. United States intelligence agencies have concluded the Russian government sought to influence the USA election in Mr Trump's favour, a charge Russia has denied.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer would not rule it out.

The White House has rebuffed questions about whether Trump was suggesting he had recorded his discussions with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief. The White House seems to agree, or at least knows that the optics would be awful.

"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.

The President has written about three separate conversations he had with Comey about whether he was under investigation, he further elaborated on those conversations in a televised interview with NBC, and he tweeted about them. The requests were made by former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, former national security adviser Susan Rice and Samantha Power, the former US representative to the United Nations, according to a congressional staffer, who was not authorized to disclose the information and spoke on condition of anonymity. If there was doubt about the reason for Comey's dismissal, Trump cleared it up by telling NBC News' Lester Holt that the Russian Federation probe had weighed on him. "There is a path to judicial review, but a lot of things would have to take place", Wright said.

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