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Trump Jr. Invokes Attorney-Client Privilege with His Father

Trump Jr. Invokes Attorney-Client Privilege with His Father

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.

About that conversation: The House intelligence committee is investigating a meeting Trump Jr. had with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign.

The California lawmaker said the details of such a discussion could reveal critical information, including efforts to "obstruct the investigation into the campaign's contact with the Russians or any other misrepresentations to the public about that meeting".

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.

"We will be following up with his counsel", Schiff said. Huckabee Sanders, Donald Trump himself, Kellyanne Conway, all of them have insisted that he, Trump Jr., did not meet with these people to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, but that is not one, what his own email said, and two, what the actual person that he met with had to say.

Representative Mike Conaway, the Republican leading the investigation, said Trump Jr had answered all of his questions. Add Donald Trump Jr.as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump Jr. news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

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What happened after the meeting is especially pressing given that NBC News has reported the Russian lawyer in the meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya, says Trump Jr. asked her for evidence of any illegal Russia donations to the Hillary Clinton foundation.

Veselnitskaya denies ever having such information and wrote in the letter released this week that Trump Jr. misunderstood the objective of the meeting because of Goldstone's "roguish letters" setting it up. Trump Jr., according to the sources familiar with his testimony, said his communications were limited to the messages exchanged via Twitter and went no further. Additionally, exactly what role did Trump play in drafting the statement that was initially released earlier this year that claimed, incorrectly, that the intent of the meeting had been to discuss the adoption of Russian orphans by American couples and the restrictions that had been placed on that program in the wake of the Russian takeover of Crimea?

"In my view there is no attorney-client privilege that protects a discussion between father and son", Schiff told reporters after the closed-door testimony had ended.

No, he can't. It wasn't even his attorney, it was one of Trump's attorneys. If none of the parties are attorneys then there is obviously no privilege.

"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 defense attorney with half a brain is going to allow that. "Who was he representing and what was the goal of this conversation?..."

Congressional investigators and Mueller's parallel independent investigation will be the judge of that. Democrats reject Trump's privilege claim. In either case, it could be some time before the matter is resolved while the rest of the investigation moves forward.