White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that President Donald Trump would not invoke executive privilege to block former FBI Director James Comey from testifying before Congress.
Comey is scheduled to testify on Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a public hearing about his termination and the investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
When asked by Fox News' John Roberts if Trump would invoke executive privilege, Sanders read a statement on Trump's decision to allow Comey's testimony to proceed.
"The president's power to assert executive privilege is very well established," Sanders said. "However, in order to facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts sought by the Senate Intelligence Committee, President Trump will not assert executive privilege regarding James Comey's scheduled testimony."
Presidents have the ability to invoke executive privilege to block testimony or statements from officials within the executive branch as a way of keeping certain information confidential.