The former director of the FBI is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee this coming Thursday.
The New York Times has reported citing two senior officials in the Trump Administration who spoke on the condition of anonymity, U.S. President Donald Trump does not plan to on invoking executive privilege so as to block James Comey, the former Director of the FBI from testifying to the U.S. Congress next week.
On Saturday, White House’s spokesperson referred a question regarding this news Time’s news byte to outside council.
Outside council did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Last month, Comey was fired by Trump while he was leading an investigation by the FBI into alleged Russian meddling in 2016’s U.S. Presidential election with a possible collusion by Trump’s campaign.
If President Donald Trump attempts to block Comey’s testimony, it could potentially trigger a political backlash.
“I have not spoken to counsel yet. I don’t know how they’re going to respond,” said Sean Spicer, White House’s spokesman on Friday.
Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, as part of the FBI’s Russia-related investigation. His remarks and the outcome of the investigation has serious consequences for the U.S. economy.
According to legal experts, Presidents can choose to assert executive privilege to prevent government employees from sharing information. However, there is a certain grey area: it isn’t clear whether conversations between Comey and Trump that the President has talked about publicly would be covered under such executive privilege.
With Comey being a private citizen now, any effort to block his testimony is likely to be challenged in court.