What was James Comey thinking when he met with Trump?

What was James Comey thinking when he met with Trump?

Although Thursday June 8, 10 am is almost a week away, a live link to the upcoming high drama of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation boss James Comey's testimony is crawling on top of nearly every news website in the US. "That actually weakens his argument against executive privilege". For instance, in the Nixon Watergate probe the existence of Nixon's White House taping system was revealed in a surprise tidbit of testimony from a little-known presidential aide named Alexander Butterfield.

The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Comey planned to testify before the Senate committee after Memorial Day, but the approval from Mueller to do so could indicate that date is fast approaching. But that claim would be undercut by the fact that the president has publicly discussed and tweeted about his conversations with Comey, said Rozell.

Sen. Roy Blunt, a member of the intelligence committee, said Comey's testimony would be critical to address mounting questions about possible obstruction of justice. The White House seems to agree, or at least knows that the optics would be awful.

The White House appears to be considering raising the issue of executive privilege, but Trump may have a weak case for claiming that his conversations with Comey should be considered private — especially since the president himself has commented publicly about the circumstances surrounding Comey's May 9 firing. Before invoking executive privilege, the president typically obtains a written memorandum justifying the decision from the Office of Legal Counsel, a division of the Department of Justice. Have presidents invoked executive privilege in the past? "The exception would be any conversations that haven't yet been made public, by Comey or by Trump, assuming such conversations exist".

Unfortunately, one thing may come between Comey's truth and the public's ears - President Donald Trump.

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Richard Painter, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, who served as the chief ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush, said he had no idea what Comey might say. If Trump invoked the privilege, could Comey disregard it? Mr. Rozell said. Mr. Trump, he said, "has not been careful".

"It's highly unlikely a federal judge would issue an injunction", Ohlin said, and that leaves the second avenue of prosecuting Comey for violating executive privilege. Congress voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for failing to turn over the records. What are the political risks if Trump tries to assert privilege?

Within a week of James Comey's shock firing, Robert Mueller was appointed on May 17 as special counsel designated by the Justice Department to lead the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the United States 2016 election.

The Russian leader said that at the anniversary party for Russian television network RT in December 2015, his interactions with Flynn were brief and superficial, according to a partial transcript of an interview conducted Friday in Moscow by NBC that aired Sunday night.

Collins added that while the committee would still benefit from having an "experienced special investigator" to oversee the ongoing investigations, she commended the staff of experts and the intelligence community for the extraordinarily complex work being done thus far.

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