Trump will not block sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation director Comey's testimony


The White House had floated the idea that Trump could invoke executive privilege, to protect the confidentiality of presidential discussions, but some aides were wary that it could look too much like a White House cover-up.

During the White House briefing Monday, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the president would not assert the privilege in order to stop Comey's testimony.

The White House on Monday said Trump would not use presidential powers to block Comey from testifying to Congress.

Comey's testimony will be his first public comments since Trump fired him early last month.

Chairman of the Senate Select Committee Richard Burr and Vice Chairman Mark Warner said in a statement May that Comey's testimony "will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the president".

Trump, a career real estate developer, campaigned on rebuilding crumbling USA infrastructure, a goal of President Obama's thwarted by Republicans in Congress leery of spending taxpayer dollars.

Mr Comey is scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

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Lawmakers in both parties have urged Trump to allow Comey to testify publicly.

Besides Kushner, Cohen and Flynn, the Justice and Congressional investigations are also looking into the Russian Federation ties of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, political consultant Roger Stone, and foreign affairs advisor Carter Page.

"Sooner rather than later, let's find out what happened and bring this to a conclusion", Blunt said on "Fox News Sunday".

"Burr also told that former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn, a focus of the Russian Federation probe, had turned over some of the documents to the Senate intelligence committee in response to a subpoena they issued last month".

The White House has, meanwhile, denied allegations that the president requested Comey to drop the case.

Flynn was sacked after less than a month because of revelations that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his communications with Russia's ambassador to the United States. But Trump himself has repeatedly said that the Russian Federation probe was on his mind when he removed Comey.

He, however, is expected to abstain from discussing the ongoing federal Russian Federation investigation, a Senate intelligence committee source told CNN. He later tweeted that Comey better hope there are no "tapes" of their conversations.