Trump to let Comey testify before Senate in Russia probe
US President Donald Trump will allow former FBI Director James Comey to testify before a Senate panel investigating Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 vote without applying any executive power.
White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the announcement on Monday, ending rumors that the president would attempt to block him from testifying before Congress despite warnings that such a measure would fail.
Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday as part of an investigation into possible collusion between Trump and Russia as well as Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
“President Trump will not assert executive privilege regarding James Comey’s testimony,” said Sanders, the substitute for White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
She asserted that Trump’s right to “assert executive privilege is well-established” but that he seeks to “facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts.”
Trump fired Comey as he was busy heading an investigation into the Republican president’s ties with the Kremlin during the 2016 campaign and transition.
The dismissed director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who has kept his detailed notes of his conversations with Trump, was apparently pressured by him to let go of the ousted national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in the probe.