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Report: Trump Might Tweet During Comey's Testimony

| by Lauren Briggs

On June 8, former FBI Director James Comey is expected to testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump might respond live on Twitter, sources say.

Two people from the White House reportedly told the Washington Post's Robert Costa that Trump "does not plan to put down Twitter" during the testimony and that he "may live tweet if he feels the need to respond."

Trump has not directly commented on whether he will stay off of his Twitter account, though on June 6 he stood by his use of the unedited form of communication.

"The FAKE MSM is working so hard trying to get me not to use Social Media," Trump tweeted. "They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out."

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At the hearing, Comey is expected to tell the congressional panel that he did not tell the president three times that he is not under investigation, notes ABC News.

"While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau," Trump wrote in Comey's termination letter in May.

The former FBI head will not say that Trump obstructed justice by firing him or in his approach to the investigations regarding alleged Russian meddling in the election and the probe toward former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

"He is not going to Congress to make accusations about the President's intent, instead he's there to share his concerns [and tell the committee] 'what made him uneasy,'" a source told ABC.

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Comey will also reportedly discuss the memo that he wrote up regarding the conversation he had with the president, in which Trump reportedly said: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go."

"There will no doubt be a tension between people trying to have [Comey] draw conclusions and being a fact witness," a source close to Comey told CNN of the former bureau head's approach to the hearing.

"At the end of this, will some people jump up and down and say there's an obstructing offense?" said another source. "Some might, but that's a political judgment, not a legal one."

Trump has said publicly that he never asked Comey to back off from the investigation regarding Flynn.

Sources: CNBC, ABC News, CNN, Robert Costa/Twitter, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Photo credit: FBI/Wikimedia Commons

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