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Donald Trump may try to prevent James Comey from testifying

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Donald Trump may try to prevent James Comey from testifying

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. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a decision that had not been announced.

The issue will be front and centre this week in Washington, where former FBI Director James Comey is due to testify on whether Trump tried to get him to back off an investigation into alleged ties between Trump's election campaign and Moscow. That committee is expected to listen to Comey's testimony about the investigation into Russia's alleged election meddling past year and Comey's private conversations with the president.

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

Kellyanne Conway raised the prospect that the White House may try to invoke executive privilege over Comey's conversations with Trump.

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At the same time, Franken said he was hopeful special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, would unearth answers in his investigation into the issue.

A White House official also said Saturday that Trump's plan would also look to put more control in the hands of local governments to privatize their previously built infrastructure, something Democrats will likely oppose.

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In a March hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey for the first time announced the full scope of what had been known until then as the Russian Federation investigation. Comey is expected to tell lawmakers on Thursday about his private conversations with Trump.

Asked whether Comey was ever given a chance to make that pledge, or ever told by Rosenstein or Sessions that his actions were wrong, a Justice Department spokeswoman said, "I won't comment on that".

"Clearly, it would be very, very troubling if the president of the United States is interfering in investigations that affect potentially the president and his closest associates", said Sen.

The investigations began after US intelligence agencies concluded Russia hacked Democratic National Committee computer servers previous year with the intent of inflicting damage on the campaign of Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton, who political analysts say, Russian President Vladimir Putin despised. "The exception would be any conversations that haven't yet been made public, by Comey or by Trump, assuming such conversations exist".

Trump later fired Comey, prompting the appointment of Robert Mueller, Comey's predecessor as FBI director, as a special counsel to investigate the extent of Russia's interference in the US election, whether there was collusion with the Trump campaign and whether Trump attempted to obstruct the investigation.

Trump's argument in favor of privilege also may be overcome because the investigation is focused on corruption and possible obstruction of justice.

Protesters assembled in Washington and other US cities on Saturday in a "March for Truth" to demand an independent investigation into alleged connections between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

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