President Trump does not plan to invoke executive privilege to try to block former FBI Director James Comey from testifying before Congress next week, The New York Times reports, citing two senior administration officials.
Trump could still move to block Comey’s testimony, the Times reported, noting the president’s history of changing his mind on decisions at the last minute.
The White House faces a dilemma over whether to block Comey’s highly anticipated testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is probing any ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Comey is expected to be asked about his conversations with Trump, but legal experts warn an effort to try to assert executive privilege could prove unsuccessful since Trump has publicly addressed his conversations with the FBI chief.
White House officials on Friday wouldn’t rule out that Trump would attempt to invoke executive privilege, which Democrats have argued would be “baseless.”
Comey is slated to testify before the Senate panel behind closed doors and during an open session, where he is expected to get asked about his conversations with Trump in the months before the president fired him.