WH says Trump won't block Comey testimony

White House to Comey: Go ahead and testify. We won't stop you.

Trump tweeted on May 12: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

It would also move 30,000 government workers into the private sector and was billed by the White House as a first step towards fulfilling Mr Trump's...

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.

The Russia investigation is expected to be a key part of Comey's high-profile testimony on Thursday.

Short was also asked about the president's constant tweeting, which has repeatedly distracted from the White House's planned agenda, including this week's focus on infrastructure investments to fix the nation's crumbling roads, bridges and airports.

Trump fired Comey last month.

"Potentially, it's history depending on what Comey says", former federal prosecutor Michael Zeldin told CNN's Fredricka Whitfield on Sunday.

"The President's power to assert executive privilege is well-established", the White House said in a statement.

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Friday that Trump and his staff would be "watching with the rest of the world" to see what Comey has to say. "You don't do that I think by invoking executive privilege on a conversation you had apparently with nobody else in the room". Several investigations into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election are ongoing.

Legislators in both parties have urged Mr Trump to allow Mr Comey to testify publicly.

They will also certainly question the star witness on Trump's insistence - in a letter telling Comey of his dismissal - that he told the President on three occasions he was not being personally investigated. Susan Collins of ME said on CBS "Face the Nation" on Sunday. Why would he tell the president that?

Some critics of Trump have said that such a request, especially given that he later fired Comey, could be interpreted as an obstruction of justice.

Spicer said he hadn't spoken to the White House counsel, Don McGahn, about the matter.

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