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

Irune Rengel | 04 Junio, 2017, 17:04

This week Mr Comey is due to appear before the senate intelligence committee, which is looking into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election, and is expected to be asked about reported memos in which he described Mr Trump's requesting he curtail the investigation. Putin has repeated there is no evidence of Kremlin involvement in the election.

One of the administration officials said Friday evening that Trump wanted Comey to testify because the president had nothing to hide and wanted Comey's statements to be publicly aired. 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. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a decision that had not been announced. Trump was spending part of Saturday at the Trump National Golf Club outside of Washington.

On Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not rule out Trump invoking executive privilege.

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.

At the public hearing, Comey is expected to answer questions that may put pressure on the embattled Trump administration, including describing the conversations Comey had with Trump regarding Russia's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Experts say that if Trump tries to invoke executive privilege with respect to his conversations with Comey, it likely won't hold any water.

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Meanwhile, Mr Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible ties between the Trump election campaign and Russian Federation, is expanding his probe to assume control of a grand jury investigation into Mr Flynn, three sources told Reuters.

If President Trump invokes the privilege, it could bar Comey from revealing private conversations he had with the president about the FBI's Russian Federation investigation into Mike Flynn and Trump associates - and whether the president asked him to back off. Flynn was ousted on 13 February.

Trump asked Comey to drop the Flynn investigation, said a person who was given a copy of a memo Comey wrote about the conversation.

According to Pate, Trump can still try to invoke executive privilege. Presidents can assert executive privilege to prevent government employees from sharing information. President Barack Obama used the legal authority once, during congressional inquiries after weapons ended up in the possession of Mexican gun cartels.

Presidents have often moved to keep their records and other communications with senior officials private until they leave office, on the theory that confidentiality is crucial to their ability to receive unvarnished advice on sensitive matters.

Critics have charged that Mr Trump was seeking to hinder the FBI's investigation by dismissing Mr Comey.

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Independent analysts have said they don't believe Comey, now a private citizen, can be stopped if he is intent on telling his story. "How is the president going to stop Comey from testifying?"

Conceivably, the administration could seek a court injunction against Comey testifying, in which case a violation would constitute contempt of court. Besides, this Congress would be unlikely to sue the White House at all, and as usual in such situations, the federal courts would be reluctant to get in the middle of a political fight.

Kellyanne Conway said the U.S. leader will make a decision on whether to invoke a doctrine called executive privilege.

The President has said Mr Comey informed him three times that he personally was not under investigation.

The intense focus on the Russian Federation investigation has already been a distraction.

You can't make this stuff up. Wow, I never thought I'd be thinking about seeing two presidents impeached in my lifetime, but it looks ever so much more possible.

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