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>> As Capital Hill gears up for a visit from former FBI director James Comey next week, some are speculating whether the president will invoke executive privilege to silence him. But the New York Times on Friday said that Trump does not plan to block Comey from testifying, according to two unnamed senior administration officials.
Presidents can assert executive privilege to prevent government employees from sharing information. However legal experts say it is not clear whether certain conversations between Trump and Comey that the President has talked about publicly can be blocked. And any effort to suppress the former director, who is now a private citizen, could be challenged in court.
Comey was leading the FBI probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election and any possible ties to the Trump campaign when he was fired by the President last month. On Friday, White House officials said they did not know yet whether Trump would seek to block his testimony, a move that could spark a political backlash.
>> I've not spoken to counsel yet, I don't know what that, how they're gonna respond.>> As for the search for a new FBI director, sources close to top contenders for the job tell Reuters that the process has been less than smooth. Interviews lead by Trump have reportedly been brief, light on questions, and lacking substance.
One associate said that in one interview, Trump spoke mostly about himself and seemed distracted.>> These are outstanding people that are very well-known.>> As for who's in consideration, another source says there's been no quote, clear framework or logic for who was interviewed and why.