Trump won't block Comey from testifying

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The White House on Monday said President Donald Trump will not be invoke executive privilege regarding the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey.

Meanwhile, sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey has told the Senate intelligence committee he would not be constrained in discussing his conversations with President Donald Trump.

Comey's testimony is expected to address the circumstances around his firing and his alleged conversations with Trump about the investigation.

White House officials had weighed trying to block Comey by arguing that his discussions with the president pertained to national security and that there was an expectation of privacy.

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Burr though has said he has not yet spoken to Mueller about Comey's expected testimony.

"The president's power to exert executive privilege is very well-established", Sanders said.

"I know the Senate Judiciary Committee has made a similar request of Mr. Comey and I support their request", Schumer said in remarks as the Senate reopened on Monday after a weeklong recess.

Former FBI director James Comey is scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill later this week. But if Trump had exerted the privilege in Comey's case, it would nearly certainly have left the impression that the administration was seeking to hide information about the Russian Federation investigation. A spokesman said the presidential powers known as executive privilege will not be employed.

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"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press", he tweeted in May. In another moment, the associates said Trump asked Comey to drop an investigation of Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, about his talks with Russian officials.

"They've talked, but I understand that special counsel has not fenced him off on any way shape or form from the items he intends to talk about", Burr told CNN when asked if Mueller had prohibited Comey from discussing the Russian Federation probe.

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