Trump's continued search for new FBI chief seen as chaotic

Comey, fired by Trump last month, is due to testify on Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee in both an open session and behind closed doors.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not rule out President Trump's option to block former FBI Director James Comey from testifying before a congressional committee next week.

If Comey still worked for the government, any instruction from Trump not to testify about their private conversations would have teeth, because the president could fire Comey for insubordination if he disobeyed.

Another congressional source, who also requested anonymity, said Democrats were "informed and consulted" ahead of time, but committee aides said they were not told.

He said he had not spoken to the White House counsel, Don McGahn, about the matter. Reasons ranged because he was still investigating the Russian Federation ties to the Trump camp to how James Comey handled the issue with the Hillary Clinton investigation, skipping the normal chain of order to report that there was no evidence pointing to a criminal case for the former Secretary of State. Congress voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for failing to turn over the records.

The White House has denied those characterizations.

Rozell said that Trump can claim the privilege, but it would likely be a losing argument.

Friday's U.S. jobs report for May likely to show steady gains
Since January, the unemployment rate has declined by 0.5 percentage point, and the number of unemployed has decreased by 774,000. Hospitals added 7,000 jobs over the month, and employment in ambulatory health care services continued to trend up (+13,000).

Stream Senate Intelligence Committee hearings here. He began his career with Justice in 1991 at the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of NY.

Why does the committee want Comey to testify? The committee is now investigating claims that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential elections in its favor.

The committee's Republican chairman and senior Democrat have said members want to hear from Comey on his role in the development of the USA intelligence agencies' assessment that Russian Federation interfered in last year's election.

Following James Comey's firing, Trump repeatedly said that he had asked the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director multiple times if he was being investigated, to which he said Comey said that he was not being investigated. Also, investigators are now scrutinizing Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and a top White House adviser, over meetings he had with Russians in December.

Trump allegedly demanded Comey's "loyalty" pledge and urged Comey to drop his ongoing investigation into Michael Flynn.

A senior Republican staff member on the committee said Nunes signed the subpoenas for Flynn, Cohen and their companies, which were requested by Conaway and Schiff. Trump undercut that narrative just days later by saying he dismissed Comey in part because of the "Russia thing".

Besides Kushner, Cohen and Flynn, the Justice and Congressional investigations are also looking into the Russian Federation ties of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, political consultant Roger Stone, and foreign affairs adviser Carter Page.

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