WASHINGTON – President Trump is expressing confidence in his version of events in his clash with the FBI director he fired.
The White House just announced the president will not invoke executive privilege to prevent James Comey from testifying before the Senate Intelligence committee on Thursday.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer just issued this statement:
The President’s power to assert executive privilege is well-established. However, in order to facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts sought by the Senate Intelligence Committee, President Trump will not assert executive privilege regarding James Comey’s scheduled testimony.
On May 16, the New York Times reported, during a private conversation, Trump asked Comey to drop its investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn into possible collusion with Russia.
However, the Times report was based upon a memo Comey supposedly took after the meeting, a memo which the paper did not see. An anonymous source described the memo to the Times.
In the memo, Comey reportedly wrote that Trump said to him that Flynn was a good man and said “I hope you can let this go.”
Trump disputes that account.
And, as WND reported, the FBI had already cleared Flynn in December of any wrongdoing in phone conversations he had with the Russian ambassador after the election.
In fact, the meeting occurred on Feb. 14, the very day after Trump had fired Flynn.
Additionally, Comey testified before Congress on May 3, that the Trump administration had not attempted to interfere with the FBI’s investigation into whether the Russian government meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
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