Without Executive Privilege Protections, Intel Chiefs May Have to Talk

by Yvette Cabrera – They refused to answer senators’ questions about President Trump’s conversations with Comey. But where does executive privilege come into play? Questions over whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Russia probe could hinge on testimony from the nation’s top intelligence chiefs. But this week, they refused to answer key questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee, even as they admitted they had no legal justification for that refusal. Numerous times during the hearing on Wednesday, the committee’s senators pressed on the issue of whether the intelligence chiefs were precluded from discussing conversations about Trump and former FBI Director James Comey. Specifically, senators tried to drill down on whether the officials were invoking presidential executive privilege protections. At every turn, those called to testify hinted that executive privilege would stop them from sharing information, but never quite said President Trump had invoked such a protection....

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