Trump Not Planning to Invoke Executive Privilege for Comey Testimony — NY Times

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What are the odds that Trump would legally succeed in blocking Comey's testimony?

Comey, who was sacked by Trump last month, has been called to testify Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into how the Russian government meddled in the presidential election and whether Trump's associates colluded with the Russians.

Comey is set to testify June 8 before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the probe into possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. Trump could argue that discussions with Comey pertained to national security and had the expectation of privacy.

The term was not coined until the 1950s, but most presidents have invoked some version of it, said Mark Rozell, a professor of government at George Mason University. He said invoking executive privilege would be on "shaky legal ground" and stressed that Comey deserved to have his "day in court" after repeated attacks by Trump and reports of undue pressure.

House Democrats sent a letter to the White House on Friday night saying that the president couldn't block Comey's testimony by claiming executive privilege. 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.

Executive privilege is the power the president holds to block the legislative and judicial branches from accessing internal executive branch records or information.

Much talk is being made of the possibility of President Donald Trump invoking executive privilege to keep former FBI Director James Comey from testifying before Congress this week. The fact that he has publicly admitted to having conversations with Comey would likely prove problematic for him.

"I never met with him".

Sewell: Now, Director Comey, all of these accounts are open-source press reportings. The White House has denied that a "conversation of that nature occurred".

Don't we, as the American people, deserve the right to know and shouldn't our FBI investigate such claims?

"I want the truth", Franken said. "And we can only get that by talking to those directly involved". "That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn".

Under similar questioning by Sens.

Trump has denied any collusion but the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional probes into the Russian Federation matter have dogged the early months of his presidency.

Russia has repeatedly denied any effort to interfere in the USA election, and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said some Russians might have acted on their own without their government's involvement. Expect stories by the dozen on this young man to be leaked by key White House lackeys envious of his stunning rise.

"Put your finger anywhere on a map of the world, and everywhere you will hear complaints that American officials are interfering in internal electoral processes", he said.

Comey: I won't commit to that.

The idea is that presidents should expect to get candid advice from top aides without worrying about revealing it to Congress. Nothing of similar magnitude came from White House big guns like Chief of Staff HR Haldeman or White House Domestic Affairs Adviser John Ehrlichman.

Comey kept detailed notes on his meetings with the president, and some contain damaging moments.

These rules strongly limit prosecutorial comment on pending criminal investigations. The two have spoken several times by phone since Trump's election. Even more so since the U.S. Court of Appeals' D.C. Circuit determined "privilege disappears altogether when there is any reason to believe government misconduct occurred".

One official said Trump had nothing to hide, The Times reported.

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