Trump Jr questioned in US Congress about Russian Federation

Trump Jr questioned in US Congress about Russian Federation

In my view, this is a central communication about a very pivotal meeting and a conversation between father and son is not subject to the attorney-client privilege.

Over on MSNBC in the previous hour, fellow House Intel Democrat Eric Swalwell said Trump Jr.

Pressed by Democrats for further details about those conversations, Trump Jr. insisted conversations with his father were privileged, sources in the room said.

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During voluntary closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. cited "attorney-client privilege" to avoid answering questions about a critical discussion he had with his father this past summer following explosive New York Times reporting about the Trump campaign's efforts to collude with Russian Federation.

But e-mails released by Trump Jr. showed that he enthusiastically agreed to the sit-down with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and others after he was promised dirt on Clinton.

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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The admission by his Trump's eldest son raises the question of how closely the Trumps coordinated on their response to the bombshell revelations and could bolster the case that President Trump participated in an effort to craft a false public explanation for the Trump Tower meeting. "Counsel made a claim of attorney-client privilege".

Again, this information came to light yesterday and it echoes something that Veselnitskaya had said about a month ago, and she was hoping that she would get to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in an open hearing so that the entire American public could hear what she had to say and learn the truth about that fateful meeting that Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner had with her back in June of 2016. He said the President, according to the sources, was debating between a longer and a shorter statement while Trump and Hicks were aboard Air Force One.

As Schiff noted in his statement, it is critical to know exactly what Donald Trump knows about his son's secret meeting with the Russians during the campaign, and what they talked about after it took place. The White House has said the president was involved in drafting an early statement saying the meeting primarily concerned a Russian adoption program. As a general rule, of course, the privilege means that conversations between a client and his or her attorney are privileged and can not be revealed in Court or in any other proceeding of a legal nature such as a Congressional investigation.

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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. No defense attorney with half a brain is going to allow that. The court would then be called upon to consider whether or not the conversation at issue fell within the boundaries of what is covered by the privilege and, if it does, then the content of those conversations could not be compelled. Democrats reject Trump's privilege claim.

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