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Conway On Russia Probe - Trump May Try To Block James Comey's Testimony

A top Trump administration adviser this week dodged a question about whether the president will try to prevent former FBI Director James Comey from appearing before a congressional committee, according to Politico.

During an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway did not rule out the possibility that Trump may cite his “executive privilege” to block the testimony. “The president will make that decision,” she said. “When Director Comey goes to testify, I think that will be a very clarifying moment.”

Comey is scheduled to answer questions by lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee next Thursday. The panel is investigating allegations that Trump campaign officials conspired with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election. Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, and other congressional panels also are looking into the scandal.

Trump fired Comey last month. Initially, the president and members of his administration claimed the director lost his job because of the way he handled the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email practices. However, Trump later admitted he got rid of Comey as part of his effort to stall the bureau’s probe of his campaign’s Russian connections. Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and Jeff Sessions are among the Trump associates who had contacts with representatives of the Russian government during and after the presidential race.

Comey recently revealed that he wrote memos about his conversations with Trump. He said that during an Oval Office meeting in February, the president asked him to end the FBI’s investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. In December, Flynn spoke on the phone with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, allegedly promising him that the incoming administration would lift sanctions that former President Obama imposed on Russia in retaliation for meddling in the election.

Comey’s memos are certain to be part of the Intelligence Committee’s inquiry. “We’ll be watching with the rest of the world,” Conway told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. However, she questioned the former director’s credibility, citing inaccuracies in his previous testimony to the committee. “I would, again, repeat that his most recent sworn testimony had to be corrected almost immediately,” Conway said. “But it’s more important to have somebody testify under oath, frankly, than to have his friends and his former colleagues out there speaking to the media, not under oath.”

Fox News reported Wednesday that Conway plans to move into a $7.8 million house in suburban Washington, D.C. She said the property will be a “bachelorette pad” for a while because her children are still in school. “First and foremost, it is my children’s home,” she told Mansion Global. “We’re arranging for a safe, happy place for teens and tweens to congregate.”

The White House aide also intends to make the house part of the social scene in the nation’s capital by holding dinner parties and other events. The 11,500-square-foot mansion, which dates to 1927, features a white-stucco exterior, Mediterranean-style architecture, eight bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and a swimming pool. “I intend to dive into social hosting, (even though) I’m the poorest kid on the block,” Conway said.

Source: Politico
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