Trump will not block ex-FBI chief Comey's testimony

Trump will not block ex-FBI chief Comey's testimony

White House advisers had previously said that Trump was exploring his legal options regarding Comey.

"The president's power to assert executive privilege is well-established", the White House said in a statement, adding that Comey's testimony would "facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts".

Senators will nearly certainly ask Comey whether Trump asked him to drop an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Flynn's contacts with Russian government officials.

Comey is expected to be questioned about the circumstances of his firing and allegations that Trump has tried to stifle the agency's Russian Federation investigation and divert attention to intelligence leaks that have hurt his administration.

Several of his high-profile picks, including Navy and Army secretary nominees, have had to withdraw due to their business entanglements.

White House officials had weighed trying to block Mr Comey by arguing that his discussions with the president pertained to national security and that there was an expectation of privacy.

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They questioned the need for introducing more "extreme vetting" procedures to an already rigorous process. The new questionnaires are voluntary, but not answering them could delay the application process.

Comey is expected to testify Thursday about his memos, which detail a conversation in which Trump reportedly told Comey, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

Besides Kushner, Cohen and Flynn, the Justice and Congressional investigations are also looking into the Russian Federation ties of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, political consultant Roger Stone, and foreign affairs advisor Carter Page. Even the opportunity to work under Mattis, who numerous potential picks know and respect, may not be enough.

Comey was also "taken aback" by Trump's request for a loyalty pledge at a dinner at the White House in late January, CNN's Jake Tapper has reported.

Brooke Singman is a Reporter for Fox News.

Ariel Edwards-Levy reports on another poll showing that Trump's decision is supported by 28 percent of Americans. "It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won".

Amy Harmon looks at a science teacher struggling to educate his students about climate change in a heavily pro-Trump area. Trump has denied that he did so, but said it would not have been wrong if he had. Is this a great time to be alive, or what?

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