>> As Washington counts down to Thursday's testimony of fired FBI Director James Comey, one of the most anticipated moments on Capitol Hill in decades. The White House on Monday saying it won't try to stop Comey from testifying about his conversations with President Trump.>> President Trump will not assert executive privilege regarding James Comey's schedule testimony.
>> The decision not to invoke executive privilege means the Senate Intelligence Committee will be free to grill Comey on the events surrounding this abrupt dismissal by Trump last months as he lead an investigation to the Trump campaigns ties to Russia, including a one on one in the Oval Office in February.
At which, according to the New York Times, Trump may have asked Comey to end his investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and his ties to Russia. Trump, in an interview, said he was thinking of the Russia case when he decided to remove Comey, the firing leading to the appointment of a special counsel to take over the case.
Trump critics suggesting pressuring Comey would amount to obstruction of justice, the charge Trump has repeatedly denied.