Trump not planning to invoke executive privilege to block Comey testimony: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE does not plan to invoke executive privilege to try to block former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyNYT: Justice investigating alleged Comey leak of years-old classified info Bernie-Hillary echoes seen in Biden-Sanders primary fight Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' MORE from testifying before Congress next week, The New York Times reports, citing two senior administration officials.

Trump could still move to block Comey's testimony, the Times reported, noting the president's history of changing his mind on decisions at the last minute. 

The White House faces a dilemma over whether to block Comey's highly anticipated testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is probing any ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Comey is expected to be asked about his conversations with Trump, but legal experts warn an effort to try to assert executive privilege could prove unsuccessful since Trump has publicly addressed his conversations with the FBI chief.


White House officials on Friday wouldn't rule out that Trump would attempt to invoke executive privilege, which Democrats have argued would be "baseless." 

Comey is slated to testify before the Senate panel behind closed doors and during an open session, where he is expected to get asked about his conversations with Trump in the months before the president fired him.

Trump allegedly asked Comey for his loyalty and encouraged him to ease off an investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a memo prepared by Comey and the former FBI director's associates.

But Trump has addressed his conversations with Comey publicly in interviews and tweets, including one where he threatened the ousted FBI director.

“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump wrote in one post after reports that said he had asked Comey to pledge his loyalty.