What was James Comey thinking when he met with Trump?

As Comey's open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee looms closer, the Trump administration has sent mixed signals over whether it's looking into the possibility of invoking executive privilege to prevent Comey from disclosing the content of his conversations with Trump. But when asked directly whether Trump would invoke executive privilege to block Comey from speaking, she said, "The president will make that decision".

Mr Comey has reportedly spoken with Special Counsel Robert Mueller - who is now overseeing the Russian Federation investigation for the Justice Department - to work out what he can publicly discuss in his testimony and thereby ensure there are no legal issues.

When pressed on that not being a no, Spicer added: "Literally, my understanding is the date for that hearing was just set". I haven't spoken to counsel yet. And then afterwards I was told, 'You know there was an American gentleman. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a decision that had not been announced.

The concept of executive privilege stems from idea that the President must be able to enjoy frank communications with Cabinet members and advisers.

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Similarly, though a repeat appearance by Comey will generate an enormous television audience, don't expect disclosure of important new evidence supporting claims of obstruction of justice against the President.

Former FBI Director James Comey is due to testify this week in Washington.

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Would you say that there are certain situations - and the Huston Plan was one of them - where the president can decide that it's in the best interests of the nation, and do something illegal?

The source also said that if Comey believed in real time that an obstruction was taking place at the hands of the President, Comey would have done something other than just write a memo.

Should the President assert this privilege, Congress and Comey might argue that the doctrine doesn't apply here if the discussion was related to a criminal attempt to obstruct justice.

In an interview with ABC News, Conway appeared to indicate that the president would allow Comey to testify, saying, "We'll be watching with the rest of the world when Director Comey testifies".

No matter which way I think about it, I'm torn.

Has the privilege been waived? Trump claimed in that missive that Comey had told him three times he was not under investigation.

But Trump has addressed his conversations with Comey publicly in interviews and tweets, including one where he threatened the ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman doubts Trump has the strongest argument in light of these facts, but it will likely depend on the scope of the assertion.

I'm afraid I have to give a vote of no confidence to President Donald Trump. I'm now frightened. "It would be odd if he could then invoke privilege to block Comey from giving his version of events", Feldman told Bloomberg.

Within a week of James Comey's shock firing, Robert Mueller was appointed on May 17 as special counsel designated by the Justice Department to lead the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the USA 2016 election.