2017-06-07 / Political Page

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TRUMP: WON’T BLOCK COMEY’S TESTMONY: President Donald Trump, who could have used “executive privilege” to block former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before Congress tomorrow (Thursday June 8), declared this past Tuesday he would not block Comey’s testimony before Congress. There had been speculation that Trump would use his executive privilege to block Comey from testifying before a Congressional committee that is investigating whether Russia had meddled in the 2016 presidential election between Trump and Hillary Clinton, which was won by Trump. When it was announced that Congress was to conduct a probe into Russia’s possible intrusion into an election in the Untied States, and that Comey, the former FBI Director, was to testify this Thursday before the Congressional probe, it was thought Trump might use his presidential executive privilege to block Comey’s testimony. Trump had recently fired Comey from his FBI post while Comey was investigating Trump, and there was speculation that Trump might gum up the works by blocking Comey’s appearance before the Congressional committee. But that is not the case, and the world awaits Comey’s testimony. Comey’s appearance before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee is the first of several that are planned to investigate the possible Russian intrusions into U.S. affairs, which would be a flagrant diplomatic blunder and an insult to the U.S. Trump’s distancing himself from the sticky situation came through the following press release issued on Monday afternoon and was read partially by White House press person. It said in part: “The president’s power to assert executive privilege is well established. However, in order to facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts sought by the Senate Intelligence Committee, President Trump will not assert executive privilege regarding James Comey’s scheduled testimony.” Trump had fired Comey on May 9, as the FBI was looking into contacts between Russia and Trump’s associates. According to the New York Times, Trump added that he had already decided to fire Comey regardless of any recommendations, and that he had the Russia investigation in mind.

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