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Officials say Trump may not try to block Comey's testimony

Officials say Trump may not try to block Comey's testimony Officials say Trump may not try to block Comey's testimony
Christy Curtis | 06 June, 2017, 06:36

Mark Warner, if President Trump pressured former FBI Director James Comey to back off an investigation of his former national security adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

The officials say there's been no final decision and the matter remains under discussion.

While the officials stress that Trump could change his mind ahead of Comey's scheduled appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, they said attempting to block the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief's testimony would look awful for the president and would have no guarantee of success legally. Comey, ousted last month amid a federal investigation into connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, is set to testify before Congress next week in a highly anticipated hearing that could shed new light on his private conversations with the president in the weeks before the firing.

Collins was discussing Comey's scheduled testimony - set for Thursday - before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Comey is also likely to be asked by lawmakers about Trump's assertion that the former FBI chief told him three times that he was not under investigation as part of the federal probe into his campaign's possible Russian Federation ties.

For Thursday's hearing, Trump could invoke executive privilege by arguing that discussions with Comey pertained to national security and that he had an expectation of privacy in getting candid advice from top aides.

Trump has called an FBI investigation into alleged ties between his campaign and Russian Federation a "witch hunt" created to undermine the legitimacy of his 2016 election win.

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"I think he would be on shaky legal ground, to say the least", Warner told CNN's "State of the Union", citing Trump's public comments about his conversations with Comey. "We have a lot of Americans who visit us", Putin said in an interview with NBC's "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly".

Russian President Vladimir Putin is dismissing as "a load of nonsense" the idea that Russia has damaging information on President Donald Trump and denies having any relationship with him.

Ahead of former FBI Director James Comey's much-anticipated testimony, Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican on the Intelligence Committee, said she also wants to understand "the tone, the exact words that were spoken" between Trump and Comey because the context is "so important". "We need to hear directly from Mr. Comey", she said.

"When I came to the event for our company, Russia Today, and sat down at the table, next to me there was a gentleman sitting on one side", Putin said. 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.

"I made my speech".

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. And I got up and left. I didn't even really talk to him. "That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr Flynn", he added.

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