White House officials said Monday that President Donald Trump will not invoke executive privilege to try to block James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he fired, from testifying before Congress this week, clearing the way for a hearing that may be the most anticipated in Washington in months if not years.
"President Trump will not assert executive privilege regarding James Comey's testimony", said Sanders, the substitute for White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
She asserted that Trump's right to "assert executive privilege is well-established" but that he seeks to "facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts".
Comey, whom Trump fired last month, is scheduled to testify publicly Thursday.
"In the vetting process there is a lot of scrutiny of social media accounts, Twitter. any hint of something negative about Trump as a candidate can be disqualifying, and a lot of people haven't made it through that filter", said Christine Wormuth, who served as the Pentagon's top policy official from 2014 to 2016, under former President Barack Obama's administration. Senators plan to ask Comey about those memos on Thursday.
Some legal analysts had questioned whether Trump could have blocked Comey's testimony via executive privilege in any event.
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Last month Comey was sacked by the President.
Earlier in the month, sources told CNN that the President asked Comey to end the investigation into his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a request the then-FBI chief noted in a memo as he was so disturbed by it.
However, New York Times says that the privilege of the U.S. president is not absolute and that the Supreme Court could have stopped him in his tracks despite the conversation between the President and his staff being confidential.
Trump told NBC News he believed Comey to be a "showboat" and "grandstander". Comey was subsequently fired by Trump in May.
Democrats who argue that Trump has already behaved in a manner tantamount to obstructing justice meanwhile jumped on Trump's comment in an NBC interview in May that he was thinking of the Russian Federation probe when he fired Comey.
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