The White House is reviewing whether to invoke executive privilege to prevent former FBI Director James Comey from testifying before a congressional panel, an effort that may be an uphill legal battle for President Donald Trump.
"The president's power to assert executive privilege is well-established", the White House said in a statement, adding that Comey's testimony would "facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts".
If Trump had asserted executive privilege over Comey, it would have likely created the perception that the administration was seeking to hide information about the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.
Comey is scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday for his first public discussion of the events that led to his dismissal last month in the midst of leading an investigation into associates of Trump.
The Russia investigation is expected to be a key part of Comey's high-profile testimony on Thursday.
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.
Sources familiar with Comey's thinking told CNN last month that he now believes that Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russian Federation investigation, during several conversations.
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Most major U.S. television networks plan to carry the event live.
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Asked at a news conference if he pressured Comey to drop the Flynn probe, Trump had said, "No. No".
However, New York Times says that the privilege of the USA president is not absolute and that the Supreme Court could have stopped him in his tracks despite the conversation between the President and his staff being confidential.
Some critics of Trump have said that such a request, especially given that he later fired Comey, could be interpreted as an obstruction of justice.
"It becomes the testimony of one person", Zeldin said, "one who will then become Robert Mueller's witness in the grand jury investigation in which they will determine whether or not obstruction occurred".