White House says Trump won't block Comey testimony

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The White House released a statement Monday afternoon saying President Donald Trump will not use executive privilege to block former FBI Director James Comey from testifying Thursday to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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

"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.

The White House released a statement by email with the same wording a few minutes later.

Sources familiar with Comey's thinking told CNN last month that he now believes that Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russian Federation investigation, during several conversations.

And extraneous forces figure to be just as relevant to anything said this week.

"I do think, again, that you've got some groups that are looking at a big play like taking down an airline", he said, "You've got others who need very little support, very little planning, and can do incredible damage, which is actually in many ways nearly more of terrorism because you go anywhere, do anything, you wonder what could happen at any moment".

U.S. FBI Director James Comey testifies before the U.S. bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., the United States, May 3, 2017. Trump is known to change his mind on major issues.

US intelligence officials have said Russian Federation tried to interfere in the election to sway the vote in Trump's favour, a charge the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.

But Trump likely undermined those arguments because he has already discussed the conversations in tweets and interviews, according to Mitch Sollenberger, a political science professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. "And it has gone on too long", Trump said at the Ford's Theatre annual gala. Putin said he knew nothing about it and that he had not discussed with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak any meeting with Kushner.

The fired FBI director is expected to speak about any of his private conversations with the president that included talk about the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

As if to prove the White House's lack of concern, Mr. Trump has planned a week packed with events to show he's moving forward with his agenda.

"The tone, the exact words that were spoken and the context are so important and that's what we lack right now and we can only get that by talking to those directly involved", she said. News stations, including Fox News Channel, will carry the hearing.

The Senate intelligence committee also has invited the top spy of the US and law enforcement officials to testify Wednesday at a hearing about the federal law governing foreign intelligence collection.

"I made my speech".

"I think the terror threat is real", he responded. "That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn", Putin said. Trump has denied any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.