Former FBI Director James Comey will testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee about the possible collusion between Donald Trump’s political campaign and Russia’s efforts to meddle with the U.S. elections. Comey will appear in the Senate this Thursday and everyone is looking forward to it. Many people think that Trump will try to stop Comey from testifying, but he will not do that. Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee announced that the president will not try to use his powers in order to stop Comey from testifying.
President Donald Trump will not invoke his executive authority to prevent former FBI Director James Comey from testifying Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“The president’s power to exert executive privilege is very well-established,” Sanders said. “However, in order to facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts sought by the Senate’s Intelligence Committee, President Trump will not assert executive privilege regarding James Comey’s scheduled testimony.”
The president’s decision clears the way for Comey to speak before the Senate on Thursday to address any questions relating to the circumstances surrounding his firing.
The White House last week didn’t rule out the possibility that Trump would invoke his executive authority to block Comey’s pending testimony.
“The president will make that decision,” senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said Friday when asked directly by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos if Trump would play the executive-powers card.
However, Conway indicated to Stephanopoulos that the president was leaning toward allowing Comey’s testimony to take place unimpeded.
“We’ll be watching with the rest of the world when Director Comey testifies,” she said.
Sources close to Comey say he is “eager” to testify in public about the circumstances surrounding his termination.
Of particular interest to lawmakers is a memo written by Comey that alleges he was pressured by Trump to drop his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Leading Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Friday sent a warning to the White House that “use of executive privilege to block Mr. Comey’s testimony would be a mistake.”
“We do not know what Mr. Comey plans to say — but we expect he will shed light on the circumstances of his dismissal, as well as reports that President Trump asked Mr. Comey to declare his loyalty and to drop the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn,” the letter stated. “It is critical that the American public hears this testimony.”
The letter warned that any effort to block Comey’s testimony would lead the public to “likely — and perhaps rightly — view the decision as additional evidence of obstruction of justice.”