Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Local | By Dorothy Bennett

White House: Trump won't seek to block Comey testimony

White House: Trump won't seek to block Comey testimony

President Donald Trump will not assert executive privilege to block ousted FBI Director James Comey from delivering public testimony, the White House said Monday.

At the daily White House press briefing, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters the president wants a "thorough investigation of facts", in reference to Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee this Thursday.

Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee at an open hearing on Thursday.

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at an Air Traffic Control Reform Initiative event in the East Room at the White House, Monday, June 5, 2017, in Washington.

This kind of an order or request can be interpreted by authorities as obstruction of justice which could have carried repercussions for Trump, especially as he sacked Comey thereafter.

The White House had floated the idea that Trump could invoke executive privilege, to protect the confidentiality of presidential discussions.

Last month Comey was sacked by the President.

Trump Won't Block James Comey's Testimony Before Congress

Democrats who argue that Trump has already behaved in a manner tantamount to obstructing justice meanwhile jumped on Trump's comment in an NBC interview in May that he was thinking of the Russian Federation probe when he fired Comey.

Comey associates have alleged that Trump asked the FBI director if he could drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his Russian contacts.

Mueller, respected for his independence and thoroughness, has so far been silent about taking over the investigations.

Nicholas Carnes and Noam Lupu report on new data showing that those white working class voters who supposedly drove Trump to victory only made up a quarter of his votes.

Mueller has reportedly met with Comey to discuss the parameters of his testimony.

A top secret National Security Agency document meanwhile shows that hackers from Russian military intelligence repeatedly tried to break into U.S. voting systems before last year's presidential election, The Intercept reported Monday.

The administration has not yet selected a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Officially showcased, Will Utilize new X399 Platform
AMD officials also showed off the company's upcoming Ryzen-based mobile chip in what looked like a reference convertible laptop. Previous ROG gaming products based on AMD designs included Athlon 64 FX processors and were desktop models, until now.

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