Trump to let Comey testify before Senate in Russia probe

US President Donald Trump arrives in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 5, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
US President Donald Trump arrives in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 5, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

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.

This AFP file photo taken on May 3, 2017 shows FBI Director James Comey testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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.

White House  deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on May 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)

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.”

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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.

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