White House: Trump will not exert executive privilege over Comey

Pauline Gross
June 6, 2017

The broad boundaries, relayed by Comey to Burr and Vice Chairman Mark Warner last week, comes after Comey's discussions with Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the agency's probe into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

"I think people are anxious to have Comey actually answer questions", Hemingway said on FOX News. Rosenstein wrote the memo that the White House used as the initial justification to fire Comey, and later called in a special counsel to take over the Russian Federation investigation.

Should Comey deliver devastating testimony on any of those questions that suggests Trump obstructed justice, he will significantly worsen the political challenges facing the President.

Also on Monday, Mr. Trump and Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin announced a multibillion-dollar decision to put veterans on the same electronic medical records system used by the Pentagon. Comey's conversations and meetings with Trump were memorialized in memos written by the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee at an open hearing on Thursday. And seeking to block Comey's testimony could amount to a grievous political misstep since it would instantly be seen as sign that the White House has something to hide.

"The President's power to assert executive privilege is very well-established".

"Of course, the president supported those actions by Comey at the time", "Today Show" host Savannah Guthrie shot back.

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Comey's appearance before the committee will be his first opportunity to discuss his encounters with Trump publicly since his surprise firing on May 9.

Some had been frustrated last week, believing the White House appeared rudderless and caught on its heels in the debate over whether it meant to pull out of the Paris climate accord. The White House is hoping it will be able to build some Democratic support for its tax plan as well as a massive infrastructure investment plan, which Short said he hopes to tackle this calendar year.

But Trump's team said he'd decided against it. Trump misquoted London Mayor, who had told citizens not long after the attack that they should not be alarmed if they saw an increased presence of armed police in the area.

The dispute provoked a response from British Prime Minister Theresa May, who faces an election on Thursday.

"There's no doubt that keeping members focused on investigations detracts from our legislative agenda", Marc Short told reporters at a White House briefing Monday evening. Trump's known to change his mind on major issues. In short: An assertion of executive privilege here would have been unlikely to have held up in court.

But her own husband, George Conway, tweeted Monday after her remarks, saying: "These tweets may make some ppl feel better, but they certainly won't help OSG get 5 votes in SCOTUS, which is what actually matters".

He later tweeted that he strongly supports his wife and the president. It's not policy. It's not policy, it's not an executive order. "You don't do that, I think, by invoking executive privilege on a conversation you had apparently with nobody else in the room", the Missouri Republican said. "He cares that you call it national security.The bottom line is he's trying to protect citizens of this country".

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