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Does Comey have one more bombshell to reveal on Russia-Trump collusion?

06 June 2017

Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee. Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was paid $45,000 to speak at the event.

Much talk is being made of the possibility of President Donald Trump invoking executive privilege to keep former FBI Director James Comey from testifying before Congress this week.

The House Democrats said Americans would view any White House decision to block Comey "as additional evidence of obstruction of justice".

The Senate panel is likely to ask Mr Comey about these interactions and the allegation that Mr Trump tried to pressure him into dropping the FBI's inquiry into Mr Flynn, whose ties to both Russian Federation and Turkey are under scrutiny.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said he barely interacted with Flynn at a dinner in Moscow in 2015.

Collins said she is particularly eager to hear what Comey has to say about his meetings with Trump, which Trump referred to in his letter terminating the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

As FBI director, Comey was leading the agency's probe into Russian interference in last year's presidential election and into whether Trump campaign aides illegally colluded with Russia before Trump fired Comey last month. The President may attempt to assert executive privilege - that is, he may claim that a private conversation in the White House with the director of the FBI - a federal employee answerable to the President - deserves confidentiality and full protection from public disclosure. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein blasted Comey's conduct in a letter to Trump released along with his firing. I - I understand people's curiosity about our work and intense interest in it, and as Mr. King said, oftentimes, speculation about it.

Members of both houses of Congress shied away last week from predicting what Comey will say.

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However, legal analysts say it doesn't matter whether or not Trump will invoke executive privilege over Comey, because the action wouldn't hold up under scrutiny regardless. Normally, new management would review performance issues with existing staff before making drastic changes, so Comey has a legit beef on that point. But legal experts say Trump likely undermined those arguments because he's publicly discussed the conversations in tweets and interviews. But seeking a restraining order barring testimony by Mr. Comey, who is now a private citizen, would be unprecedented.

Warner said Sunday that the committee's broader investigation into potential collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials has turned up "a lot of smoke" but still "no smoking gun". And I got up and left.

Meanwhile, Mr Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible ties between the Trump election campaign and Russian Federation, is expanding his probe to assume control of a grand jury investigation into Mr Flynn, three sources told Reuters. "I don't know how they are going to respond". That they - they assessed that they really wanted Trump to win it and were working to help him win and her lose. Comey, who reportedly did not make the pledge, is said to have kept detailed memos on the encounters.

Comey is set to testify Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee.

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Information for this article was contributed by Hope Yen and Julie Pace of The Associated Press and by Jordan Robertson of Bloomberg News.