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White House: Trump will not exert executive privilege over Comey

06 June 2017

The now-fired FBI director has agreed to meet with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, facing questions about whether Trump tried to interfere with the investigation that his campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

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

Trump "will not assert" his executive privilege to prevent Comey's testimony "in order to facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts sought by the Senate Intelligence Committee", said the White House in a statement released on Monday. WH staffer: Trump was furious when advised he couldn't use executive privilege to stop Comey testimony. https://t.co/HSUyQYLDzR via nbcnews- Jon Cooper (joncoopertweets) June 5, 2017 The stakes are high when Comey stands before a Senate committee on Thursday.

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

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In firing Comey last month, Trump cited performance issues, while critics accused him of trying to close down the Russian Federation probe.

President Donald Trump will meet with the Republican leaders of the House and the Senate, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, on Tuesday to discuss the path forward for his agenda, said White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters.

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

"Sooner rather than later, let's find out what happened and bring this to a conclusion", Blunt said on "Fox News Sunday". Legal experts believed that the President already waived his executive privilege because he tweeted and spoke about his conversations with Comey.

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The White House has denied that the conversation with Comey took place as described in the alleged memo, but have offered no further clarification.

Those reports, which cited sources close to the ousted FBI director, said Trump asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to the president and to stop the investigation into former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

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.

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"He's a showboat, he's grandstander, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been in turmoil", Trump said.

White House: Trump will not exert executive privilege over Comey