Al Franken: I Don't Think Trump Ordered Comey to Quash Russia Probe

06 Juin, 2017, 11:46 | Author: Claudine Rigal

"That would be a hit job on President Trump and I hope this hearing doesn't become a hit job on President Trump". He said, while he likes Mr. Comey, he believes he is "probably upset" about getting firing by President Trump.

President Donald Trump, faced with potentially damning testimony from his former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey, will look to push a $1 trillion infrastructure plan with a series of White House events and a trip to OH, a White House official said. Senators are expected to grill Comey-in both an open and a closed panel-on certain conversations with Trump or his aides, including one in which Trump reportedly asked Comey to drop an investigation into former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's dealings with Russian Federation and Turkey.

The Virginia Democrat and other committee members are set to hear from fired FBI Director James Comey at a hearing Thursday.

President Trump has no plans to invoke executive privilege in an attempt to block fired FBI Director Jim Comey from discussing in his testimony before Congress this week any conversations he had with the president, two White House advisers told ABC News.

The decision was reported by the New York Times, which attributed information about the decision to unnamed senior officials with the Trump administration. Normally, new management would review performance issues with existing staff before making drastic changes, so Comey has a legit beef on that point.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is one of four congressional probes into possible Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation and Moscow's meddling in the election. He has repeatedly questioned the US intelligence finding that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed an operation meant to swing the election in Trump's favor against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

"We write to remind you that any such assertion of privilege is nearly certainly baseless, particularly given that Mr. Comey is no longer employed by the Trump Administration", the lawmakers' letter to White House general counsel Don McGahn read. Some legal experts say Trump likely undermined those arguments because he's discussed the conversations in tweets and interviews.

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Amid a political firestorm touched off by Comey's firing, the Justice Department appointed a special counsel last month to take the lead on the Russian Federation investigation.

How would Trump invoke the privilege to block Comey's testimony?

Republican Senator Susan Collins, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said she is eager to question Comey to find out more about Trump's allegation that Comey told him on three separate occasions that he was not under investigation. "I think it is what should happen". He said he had yet to see any evidence of Russian meddling and drew a connection between the allegations against Russia and the theory that USA intelligence agencies arranged the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Some Democrats have argued that the dismissal of Comey, if meant to stifle the bureau's investigation into the Trump campaign, would amount to obstruction of justice - potentially an impeachable offense.

One of the administration officials said Friday evening that Mr. Trump wanted Mr. Comey to testify because the president had nothing to hide and wanted Mr. Comey's statements to be publicly aired.

"I wouldn't be surprised if people come away disappointed in the lack of how salacious his testimony might be", Zaid said.


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