Spicer won’t say if Sessions will cite executive privilege in testimony

Spicer won’t say if Sessions will cite executive privilege in testimony

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Sean Spicer resigned July 21 from his tumultuous six-month stint as White House press secretary. (Whitehouse.gov)

WASHINGTON—White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to say Monday if Attorney General Jeff Sessions will cite executive privilege to limit testimony he gives before Congress on Tuesday regarding conversations he had with President Donald Trump.

“It depends on the scope of the questions and to get into a hypothetical at this point would be premature,” Spicer told reporters during Monday’s press briefing. “He’s going to testify, we’re aware of it and we’ll go from there.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee announced Monday that Sessions will testify in an open-session at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Sessions’ testimony comes the week after ousted FBI Director James Comey testified before the same committee.

The Attorney General is likely to face questions on the circumstances surrounding Comey’s termination, particularly if it went against his initial promise to recuse himself from investigations that touch on the campaign.

Trump suggested in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt that he fired Comey to remove pressure on him surrounding an investigation into potential collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

During last week’s testimony, Comey stated that Trump asked him for loyalty and urged him to drop an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The president denied the conversations took place as depicted by Comey.

When asked for evidence, primarily potential tapes of the conversation that Trump hinted at on Twitter last month, Trump said that an announcement on whether the tapes exist will come shortly.

Spicer also told reporters Monday that there is still no timeline for when the president will address the potential tapes, saying an announcement will take place “when the president’s ready to make it.”

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