>> Fired FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify before the US Senate next week, where he'll likely to be asked about private conversations he's had with president, Donald Trump. But the White House could try and block Comey from talking, claiming Executive Privilege. Royder's legal correspondent Yan Wolf.
>> Executive privilege is a legal doctrine that allows a president to withhold the release of information from other branches of government. So, it can be used to stop congress from seeing documents, or it can be used to block testimony before a congressional hearing.>> As head of the FBI, Comey was leading the agency investigating alleged Russian interference into the US election, and whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian agents.
His firing last month now raising questions of whether the White House is obstructing that investigation. Senior White House advisor Kelly Anne Conway on Friday telling ABC News, the president has not yet decided whether he will exercise executive privilege to keep Comey quiet. But if he tries that, he risks political fallout if it looks like he's silencing a whistle blower.
Trump's own comments about Comey may undermine his assertion of executive privilege.>> As a legal matter, a challenge Trump faces here is that he's tweeted about the conversations he had with Comey. And he mentioned them in the letter that he wrote justifying Comey is firing. So, that would undercut any claim that these conversations really need to be kept private.
So, if challenged in court, Trump would probably likely end up with a ruling saying, that he is abusing the privilege in this case.>> Did you, at any time, urge former FBI Director James Comey in any way, shape, or form to close, or to back down the investigation into Michael Flynn?
And, also, as you look back->> No! No.>> Comey is expected to testify that Trump tried to pressure him into closing an FBI probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a damaging accusation that the White House tried to interfere in an ongoing investigation. He is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday.