Spicer said he hadn’t spoken to the White House counsel, Don McGahn, about the matter.
Presidents can assert executive privilege to prevent government employees from sharing information.
Mr. Comey was cleared to testify by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, another former FBI director now overseeing the investigation into all things Russian Federation.
Asked Friday if the White House might invoke executive privilege, Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters: “That committee hearing was just noticed, and I think obviously it’s got to be reviewed”. “For example, in a May 9 letter telling Comey that he was sacked, Trump wrote: “…
The House panel pursuing its own investigation of the Trump campaign and possible Russian Federation ties has also sought information from Comey, asking the FBI to turn over documents related to his interactions with both the White House and the Justice Department.
Presidents have often invoked executive privilege, and they have mostly failed when challenged in court.
Conway’s comments aren’t clear on whether that would happen. Dating back to 1974 in US v. Nixon, the US Supreme Court recognized the “President and those who assist him must be free to explore alternatives in the process of shaping policies and making decisions and to do so in a way many would be unwilling to express except privately”. “If they do, they might well still be protected by the privilege”.
“But violating executive privilege isn’t a crime”. Comey reportedly kept detailed, contemporaneous memos of his conversations with Trump, which included requests that the FBI director swear loyalty to him and a personal plea to quash the Flynn investigation. But she said Trump wanted to allow for a “swift and thorough examination of the facts” related to Comey’s ouster and the multiple investigations into his campaign’s possible ties to Russian Federation. Specifically, given how massively politically disadvantageous it would be ― sending a clear message, whether accurately or not, that there’s something to be feared in Comey’s testimony ― to try to throw up roadblocks anyway would suggest something dire about whatever the administration is anxious about.
It turned out that the numbers were far smaller, that they were forwarded through backup technology, and that only two emails were classified.
The newspaper noted that it is possible that Trump could change his mind about executive privilege before Thursday, when Comey is set to testify on Capitol Hill. “How is the president going to stop Comey from testifying?”
The FBI director serves a 10-year term. And as early as February, Trump discussed concerns he had with Comey’s handling of Clinton’s email scandal. He didn’t say anything directly to his superior at the Department, Rod Rosenstein.
‘He concluded that it really hurt the morale and the integrity of the department. Trump later tweeted: “James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” “You don’t do that I think by invoking executive privilege on a conversation you had apparently with nobody else in the room”.