Thursday, 13 December, 2018

White House tries to regroup, but Trump isn't helping

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at an Air Traffic Control Reform Initiative event in the East Room at the White House Monday White House tries to regroup, but Trump isn't helping
Francis Olson | 06 June, 2017, 09:55

Donald Trump will not use presidential powers to prevent ex-FBI director James Comey from testifying to Congress on Thursday, the White House said, setting the stage for potentially explosive testimony later this week.

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.

The president won't invoke executive privilege in an effort to keep Comey from discussing the Russian Federation investigation before the Senate Committee on Intelligence, Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at the daily briefing Monday. However, she says Trump will not take that step in order to ensure a "swift and thorough examination of the facts" related to Comey's firing and the multiple investigations into Russia's election meddling.

Allegations of collusion by Trump's campaign were at their height when Trump fired Comey. His appearance will mark his first public comments since he was abruptly fired by the president last month.

Associates of Comey said the former director kept notes of his conversations with Trump, including of a February meeting in which the president asked Comey to lay off an ongoing investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn - a topic that is sure to come up at the hearing.

The Justice Department later appointed ex-FBI director Robert Mueller as the special counsel.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard in London for surgery on fractured ankle
Meanwhile, Belgium are set to play against Czech Republic in an global friendly before playing Estonia in a World Cup qualifier. Thank you everyone for voting me Player of the Year and Goal of the Season! "I am keen to win trophies .

Experts have said that James Comey's testimony on Thursday has the potential to be something of an quake to the political landscape.

Analysts had said that Trump's using executive privilege in this case would have been unprecedented, given that Comey is now a private citizen and that Trump had been public about his firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director in interviews and on Twitter.

Comey's sacking came as the Federal Bureau of Investigation probes possible collusion between the president's election campaign team and Russian Federation - which United States intelligence believes hoped to tilt the election in the Republican's favor.

"We want it to be revenue neutral, and we are still supportive of tax reform, but I am also saying to you that what we believe is most important to get the economy going is the tax cuts", he said.

The broad boundaries, relayed by Comey to Burr and Vice Chairman Mark Warner last week, comes after Comey's discussions with Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the agency's probe into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

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