Trump Jr questioned in US Congress about Russian Federation

08 December, 2017, 02:10 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Russian Lawyer Confirms That Trump Jr. Met With Her To Get Dirt On Clinton

"In my view there is no attorney-client privilege that protects a discussion between father and son", Schiff continued.

In September, Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he, Goldstone and Agalarov "never discussed the meeting again".

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump Jr. set for high-stakes interview with House intel panel Comey back in the spotlight after Flynn makes a deal Schiff: Flynn plea "very significant" MORE (D-Calif.) is challenging Trump Jr.'s reasoning, saying Trump Jr. can not apply attorney-client privilege and "shield" lawmakers from this conversation between father and son just because an attorney was present in the room.

Trump Jr. frustrated panel Democrats by refusing to answer questions related to the controversial meeting, amid a probe that is investigating whether Trump campaign aides colluded with the Kremlin.

"We will be following up with his counsel", Schiff said. By all accounts, Trump Jr. was relatively forthcoming.

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.

At the closed-door meeting yesterday, Trump Jr. told House investigators that he spoke with White House Communications Director Hope Hicks to request help in crafting a response to the initial reports following news reports about the meeting at Trump Tower.

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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 objective of the meeting was to discuss potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

Senator Richard Blumenthal told the committee's chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, that "cascading disclosures" involving the president's son "suggest collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials" during the 2016 election. Trump Jr. has said he did not follow up on the meeting. In fact, as we learned later, the President himself participated in drafting a statement that made this claim on the way home from a trip to Europe on Air Force One.

In an email, Harvard constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe said he also found Trump Jr.'s invocation of attorney-client privilege to be "ridiculous".

This is silly. "Attorney-client privilege" shields conversations between attorneys and clients.

"The general rule is that a conversation is *not* privileged if a third person is present for the conversation with an attorney and a client", Mariotti said.

No, he can't. It wasn't even his attorney, it was one of Trump's attorneys. If, on the other hand, there were any non-represented parties present for all or part of this conversation then at least that portion of the conversation would not be protected by privilege and could not be revealed or compelled. In this case, it doesn't necessarily matter if it was attempted or if it came to fruition.

The sources added that Trump Jr. was questioned only by members, with limited exceptions, a majority of which were Democrats.

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