dglobalnews.com ABC, other major networks to carry James Comey Senate testimony live
Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

ABC, other major networks to carry James Comey Senate testimony live

ABC, other major networks to carry James Comey Senate testimony live

US President Donald Trump will allow former FBI Director James Comey to testify before a Senate panel investigating Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 vote without applying any executive power.

At the daily White House press briefing, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters the president wants a "thorough investigation of facts", in reference to Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee this Thursday.

Comey is also likely to be asked by lawmakers about Trump's assertion that the former FBI chief told him three times that he was not under investigation as part of the federal probe into his campaign's possible Russian Federation ties.

Comey, whom Trump fired last month, is scheduled to testify publicly Thursday. Broadcasting & Cable reports that CBS will air former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's testimony before congress live and in full on Thursday at 10 a.m. EST. Just days after Trump's inauguration, he invited the director to dinner and, according to people familiar with Comey's account, asked him repeatedly for his loyalty, which Comey declined to give.

As FBI director, Comey was known for penning memos after meetings and, in February, wrote a memo that reportedly said Trump asked him to shut down the probe into Flynn.

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Comey, ousted last month amid a federal investigation into connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, is set to testify before Congress next week in a highly anticipated hearing that could shed new light on his private conversations with the president in the weeks before the firing.

The White House had floated the idea that Trump could invoke executive privilege, to protect the confidentiality of presidential discussions.

"If he doesn't say anything categorical, if he says, "Well you know, I felt this way, it could have been otherwise". if it is less than fully clear, then I think it gives both sides a lot of ammunition to argue through the rest of the summer and probably into the fall about what does all this mean".

The White House will also be pushing legislation to combat human trafficking, spearheaded by the president's daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump.

Should Comey deliver devastating testimony on any of those questions that suggests Trump obstructed justice, he will significantly worsen the political challenges facing the President.

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