Can President Trump use executive privilege to block James Comey from testifying to Congress next week? White House officials said on Friday that they did not know yet whether the president will seek to block the former FBI director’s testimony. “I have not spoken to counsel yet. I don’t know how they’re going to respond,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters.
James Comey was leading an FBI probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. President Trump fired Comey last month. Critics of the president have charged that Trump was trying to hinder the FBI’s investigation and even obstructing justice.
President’s can use their executive privilege to prevent government employees from sharing information. But most legal experts have indicated that such privilege would cover the conversations between Comey and Trump.
White House senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, seemed to indicated that the president would allow Comey to testify. “We’ll be watching with the rest of the world when Director Comey testifies,” she said. But when Conway was asked directly about whether or not the president would invoke executive privilege, she added: “The president will make that decision.”
There seems to be a dilemma regarding risk and reward at stake. If Comey does testify, there are many questions that he will have to answer from Republicans that made it difficult to believe that he felt pressure from the president. But if Trump uses his executive privilege, will the suspicion about what Comey might have said damage the president even more than what Democratic leaders can get from him?
You can watch a panel on CNN discuss all of the implications of this decision. If President Trump can use executive privilege to block James Comey’s testimony, do you think it will cause greater harm to the president than if he let him testify? We look forward to seeing your comments below.
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