Tried to Cite 'Attorney-Client Privilege' to Avoid Questions About His Father

Frederick Owens
December 8, 2017

Congressional investigators found the emails and brought them up at Trump Jr.'s testimony on Wednesday before the House Intelligence Committee, according to CNN, though none of the messages were sent directly to him.

Trump Jr. said he didn't tell the president about the June 2016 meeting between Trump campaign officials and several Russian operatives when it happened, and he declined to say what he told his father after the meeting was disclosed to the public this year.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told The Washington Post he'll issue a subpoena if Trump Jr.'s lawyers continue to pursue his claim of attorney-client privilege. 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.

Donald Trump Jr. was interviewed by the members of the House Intelligence Commitee behind closed doors on Wednesday as part of their Russian Federation probe, but they couldn't get much out of him, due in part to what critics slammed as his "bogus" assertion of attorney-client privilege.

In emails pitching Trump Jr. on the meeting, Goldstone said Veselnitskaya was able to provide the Trump campaign with "some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary (Clinton) and her dealings with Russian Federation". Initially, of course, the Trump White House and Trump Jr. claimed that the meeting was about the sanctions imposed by the so-called Magnisky Act and the issue of the adoption of Russian babies by American citizens, which was in limbo in wake of the sanctions imposed after Russia's annexation of the Crimean region of Ukraine.

The conversations that Trump Jr. may have had with his father after the June 2016 meeting are of interest to investigators primarily due to the fact that the younger Trump went into this meeting on the presumption that the Russian lawyer he would be meeting with had connections to the Russian government and that the goal of the meeting was to discuss potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

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"If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer", Trump Jr. wrote to the intermediary, in reference to obtaining the compromising information about Clinton.

In one email, Goldstone suggests to Scavino that Trump create a profile on Russia's VK social network, and asserts that "Don and [then-campaign chairman] Paul [Manafort]" approved of the idea.

This case for the special prosecutor's becoming a little bit more of a slam dunk with every new piece of information that emerges, because if they're able to confirm what this lawyer told the Senate Judiciary Committee, then there is no way in hell Donald Trump Jr. could possibly get away.

"I don't believe you can shield communications between individuals merely by having an attorney present That's not the objective of attorney-client privilege".

Trump Jr. has kinda sorta denied anything else took place after the meeting, but he's left open the possibility: "I have no recollection of any documents being offered or left for us", he told Senate investigators in September.

The Republican lawmaker leading the Russian Federation investigation, Rep. A Republican source added Trump Jr. was asked about some Trump Organization business going back decades and at times based on old news reports about his father.

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