President Donald Trump will not assert executive privilege to block ousted FBI Director James Comey from delivering public testimony, the White House said Monday, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.
Spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump will not take the action "in order to facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts sought by the Senate Intelligence Committee".
Comey is expected to deliver on Thursday his first public testimony before the committee since Trump abruptly fired him last month.
The White House has given various reasons for Comey's May firing, including that he did not have the backing of the bureau's rank and file.
The suggestion was dismissed by Comey's number two, and now acting FBI director, Andrew McCabe, who said the former FBI chief commands the respect of the vast majority of the bureau, including himself.