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FBI Director James Comey is sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, prior to testifying before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.' (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The White House said Trump won't use executive privilege to block Comey's testimony


The White House on Monday said President Trump won't use any measure to block former FBI Director James Comey's Congressional testimony.

Comey is expected to appear before a Congressional panel this week. Before being fired from the top FBI spot last month by the president, Comey was leading an investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The probe was also looking into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Here's the official White House statement.

Presidents are able to exercise executive privilege to prevent government employees from disclosing information. 

In this case, had Trump asserted this privilege over Comey, as Reuters reports, it would have made it seem as though the administration was trying to hide information about the FBI probe. Comey is expected to talk about conversations he had with Trump in which the president urged him to drop his investigation.

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