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Former FBI Director James Comey will have the nation captivated next Thursday when he testifies before a Senate panel about the stunning accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end his investigation into his former national security adviser's ties to Russian Federation. It would be procedurally complicated to challenge a decision by Trump to block Comey's testimony.

Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director who was abruptly fired by Trump in May, is scheduled to testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday.

Legal experts and Democrats say Trump would have a weak case if he were to attempt to go the executive privilege route.

"The president will make that decision", White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday when asked if Trump would try to block Comey's testimony.

Comey, fired by Trump last month, is scheduled to testify before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday.

James Comey, fired last month as FBI director amid a federal investigation into connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, is set to testify next Thursday at a highly anticipated congressional hearing that could shed light on his private conversations with the president in the weeks before his dismissal.

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

However, a memo allegedly written by Mr Comey and reported in The New York Times suggested that the president asked him to end its investigation into Mr Flynn.

Trump later fired Comey, prompting the appointment of Robert Mueller, Comey's predecessor as FBI director, as a special counsel to investigate the extent of Russia's interference in the USA election, whether there was collusion with the Trump campaign and whether Trump attempted to obstruct the investigation.

Donald Trump and James Comey.

The scope of Comey's testimony was not exactly clear, though Mueller was permitting him to speak publicly, an associate told the AP. I would again repeat that his most recent sworn testimony had to be corrected nearly immediately, ' Conway said.

President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege in a bid to stop Congress from seeing records about Operation Fast and Furious, a botched gun-smuggling investigation that lost track of about 1,400 guns. It's possible that Congress could have sued the White House over a claim in order to get a judge to rule that Trump had waived the privilege by publicly characterizing the conversations already, but there seems to be no precedent for such an implied waiver. Mr. Rozell said. Mr. Trump, he said, "has not been careful".

Robert Mueller's expanding Russian Federation probe is trying to determine whether or not this is the case but won't finish for quite some time. In the 1970s, the Executive Branch sought a preliminary injunction against AT&T's response to a Senate subpoena on national security/executive privilege grounds. But according to Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg News, Trump might suppress Comey's testimony with an executive privilege claim ― if that claim holds up, that is.

Russia has repeatedly denied any effort to interfere in the United States election, but Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday some Russians might have acted on their own without their government's involvement.

Trump has denied any collusion between Russian Federation and his presidential campaign.



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