WASHINGTON D.C. — The White House won’t use executive privilege to prevent former FBI Director James Comey from testifying before the US Senate this week.

The president’s power to assert executive privilege is well-established,” White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters during the daily press briefing. “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.
Comey’s testimony will be his first public remarks since he was fired by Trump last month. The reasons for the firing have been unconfirmed.