The New York Times is at it again, this time playing ping pong with whether or not the President Trump will seek executive privilege to prevent former FBI director James Comey from testifying next week before the Senate. In their latest article, the NY Times claims its “anonymous sources” are saying that the president will not prevent Comey from testifying.
The New York Times reported that “one official said that Trump actually wants Comey to testify because the president has nothing to hide.”
When asked about whether or not Trump would seek executive privilege, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer answered, “That committee hearing was just noticed – it’s gotta be reviewed. The date for the hearing was just set. I haven’t spoken to counsel yet, I don’t know how they’ll respond.”
It’s likely that Comey’s testimony will pertain to the private meetings he had with Trump and supposedly chronicled in internal memos, which were allegedly leaked to The Associated Press and other news outlets.
The anonymous leakers, known as “Comey’s associates” in news stories, have claimed that Comey told them that “Trump asked him at a January dinner to pledge his loyalty to the president and, at an Oval Office meeting weeks later, asked Comey to consider ending an FBI investigation into Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.”
The White House has denied those rumors.
An anonymous White House official told Fox News “the White House is reviewing whether or not to invoke executive privilege regarding Comey’s expected testimony.”
It was also reported that anonymous “legal experts told the NY Times that Trump does not have a strong case to invoke the privilege due to his public acknowledgement of his conversations with Comey.”
President Obama used executive privilege during a congressional inquiry into how weapons ended up with Mexican cartels in the “fast and furious” scheme, in which a federal agent was killed by one of those weapons.
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