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What was James Comey thinking when he met with Trump?

12 June 2017, 06:15 | Ruben Thornton

Critics have charged that Trump was seeking to hinder the FBI's investigation by dismissing Comey.

Presidents can assert executive privilege to prevent government employees from sharing information.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked Friday whether Trump would seek executive privilege to prevent Comey from testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8.

Comey has indicated that he wants to testify.

And then on Friday - the day after Comey testifies before Congress - Trump will visit the Department of Transportation, where he will push for shorter review time in the way the federal government approves road and railways and other regulatory changes. "I don't know how they're going to respond", Spicer said.

"Trump fired Comey on May 9, prompting a political firestorm and accusations by critics that he was improperly seeking to hinder an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Russia's role in the election and potential collusion by Trump's campaign".

Trying to stop Comey from testifying by using executive privilege will nearly certainly fail, but I understand why the White House would want to do it.

Conway's comments aren't clear on whether that would happen.

Nixon: Exactly, exactly. If the president, for example, approves something because of the national security, or in this case because of a threat to internal peace and order of significant magnitude, then the president's decision in that instance is one that enables those who carry it out, to carry it out without violating a law. "No court has ever allowed a president to use executive privilege to cover his own possible wrongdoing", explains CNN's Page Pate.

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The President has written about three separate conversations he had with Comey about whether he was under investigation, he further elaborated on those conversations in a televised interview with NBC, and he tweeted about them.

"Those who don't know the first thing about the law immediately began hurling words like "obstruction of justice", "high crimes and misdemeanors" and "impeachment", Gregg Jarrett, a former defense attorney who now works as a Fox News Anchor, wrote at the time in a piece entitled "Comey's revenge is a gun without powder". Warner said he meant to use that time to ask Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers about reports that Trump had urged them to say publicly there was no collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign.

'He was off by hundreds of thousands in his count, his sworn testimony count, of the number of emails that Huma Abedin allegedly sent to her husband Anthony Weiner, ' she said, bringing up the Weiner scandal just days after he plead guilty to transferring obscene material to a minor.

What are the odds that Trump would legally succeed in blocking Comey's testimony?

The FBI director serves a 10-year term. "The acting director of the FBI also said that there'd not been an attempt to influence the investigation".

'He concluded that it really hurt the morale and the integrity of the department.

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

File- FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress to answer "important questions" about the Hillary Clinton email investigation on July 5, 2016.

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