Trump Jr. Invokes Attorney-Client Privilege with His Father

Trump Jr. Invokes Attorney-Client Privilege with His Father

Trump Jr. Invokes Attorney-Client Privilege with His Father

Donald Trump Jr. spent almost eight hours Wednesday being grilled by the House Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Donald Trump Jr. cited attorney-client privilege Wednesday to avoid divulging to the House Intelligence Committee his conversations with his father about a meeting he took with individuals connected to the Russian government in 2016. Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayHouse panel interviews Podesta after Trump dossier revelation Texas lawmaker says GOP colleague should resign over lewd photo AG Sessions to face House panel in closed-door hearing MORE (R-Texas), maintained that Trump Jr. had answered "all" his questions.

Trump Jr.'s appearance on Wednesday came amid mounting criticism of the Russian Federation probes by some of his father's fellow Republicans in Congress, who accuse investigators of bias against Trump. The meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya has come under the microscope because Trump Jr. accepted the invitation from British publicist Rob Goldstone after being promised Veselnitskaya would provide incriminating information about Hillary Clinton.

"If his father knew about the meeting in advance and either condoned it or encouraged it, that is something [special counsel Robert S. Mueller III] would be very interested in", said Jeffrey Jacobovitz, a white collar criminal defense lawyer who has defended Clinton officials and is now at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP.

According to a subsequent Washington Post report, President Trump "personally dictated" a misleading statement Trump Jr. released about the meeting. Veselnitskaya said these documents appeared to be Trump Jr.'s primary interest as the meeting essentially ended when she said she didn't have the information. By all accounts, Trump Jr. was relatively forthcoming.

Mr. Schiff said that he believed the contents of the phone call should not be kept secret simply because lawyers participated in it. "He acknowledged discussing that meeting with his father".

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Trump Jr. had gone into the meeting expecting to receive information on Hillary Clinton that would contribute to his father's election victory.

Lawmakers and legal experts immediately derided Trump Jr.'s invocation of attorney-client privilege, noting on social media and in news outlets that the mere presence of a lawyer does not make a conversation protected.

This question gets to a pattern legal experts have noticed among key members of the Trump campaign and administration: They continually forget, misstate, mislead or even - in the case of Flynn - lie about their relations with Russian Federation. If none of the parties are attorneys then there is obviously no privilege.

In another email, according to the report, Goldstone sent Agalarov and Kaveladze a CNN story about Russian hacking of emails from the Democratic National Committee.

Other lawmakers, Republicans as well as Democrats, say the goal of their investigation is to guarantee the integrity of USA elections, not to target Trump and his associates.

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