Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
World News | By Penny Hart

Trump, after House panel subpoenas, backs efforts to probe Obama administration


So it is with the news that former FBI Director James Comey will share his feelings with a Congressional committee on June 8.

Former FBI Director James Comey is expected to testify in the Senate, possibly next week, regarding the intelligence committee's investigation of possible Russian electoral interference, unnamed sources said.

In keeping with those denials, Trump could use executive privilege to prevent Comey from taking the stand since US courts have held up a president's right to keep his conversations secret, according to The New York Times.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has cleared Comey to testify, but courts have historically upheld the White House's right to keep presidents' conversations private. However, the New York Times reported that during one of their interactions, the President asked Mr Comey to end its investigation into Mr Flynn, according to a memo reportedly written by Mr Comey.

The Senate Intelligence Committee announced on May 19 that Comey had agreed to testify after the Memorial Day holiday.

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Democrats shot back, accusing Trump, a Republican, of diverting attention from the ongoing scandal that has now hangs over his young presidency and criticizing committee Chairman Devin Nunes' subpoenas.

Cohen, who'd earlier refused a request for information saying it was "not capable of being answered", told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he would comply with subpoenas, should they be issued.

Comey was sacked as FBI Director by Trump last month.

Mr Trump has denied any collusion between Russian Federation and his campaign and has questioned claims by United States intelligence that an operation authorised by Mr Putin including hacking, fake news and propaganda attempted to influence the election.

Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Al Franken, D-Minn., released a letter urging the FBI to investigate whether Sessions had falsely testified under oath when he said at his January confirmation hearing that he hadn't had any contacts with Russian Federation. Early Wednesday morning, the president tweeted "Witch Hunt!" in reference to testimony by Comey and former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan before Congress on the topic.

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