Trump Jr. Invokes Attorney-Client Privilege with His Father

Trump Jr. Invokes Attorney-Client Privilege with His Father

Trump Jr. told lawmakers he discussed the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with his father after emails setting up the meeting with a Russian lawyer became public this past summer.

Donald Trump Jr. would not tell House investigators Wednesday what he and his father discussed after reports surfaced about a June 2016 meeting he had in Trump Tower with Russians, citing attorney-client privilege.

Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller is also investigating.

His remarks come after Trump Jr. appeared voluntarily before the House Intelligence Committee for a grueling closed-door interview that lasted eight hours while the panel peppered the president's eldest son with questions about his Russian contacts.

"We will be following up with his counsel", Schiff said. In my view, there is no attorney-client privilege that protects a discussion between father and son. But he refused to disclose the contents of their conversations.

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When news of the meeting originally broke a year later, President Trump personally dictated a response to the story, according to senior advisers who spoke with The Washington Post at the time. During that meeting, the lawyer in question recently stated that Trump Jr. offered a quid pro quo in exchange for damaging information about Clinton. None of the emails CNN reported on Thursday were sent to Trump Jr. directly, but were instead missives sent by Goldstone to Dan Scavino, then a top aide to the Trump campaign and now the White House's social media director, as well as Ike Kaveladze, a Russian who was present at the meeting. 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. This contradicts everything the Trump administration has said about the meeting, and creates a world of legal problems for Don Jr., as Ring of Fire's Farron Cousins explains. Add Donald Trump an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump Jr. news, video, and analysis from ABC News. And, if so, what did he know about its objective prior to the time it occurred and what actually happened at that meeting? The statement said the Trump Tower meeting focused on "a program about the adoption of Russian children" that the Kremlin ended after the USA imposed sanctions on Russian oligarchs in 2012.

The question of whether or not the attorney-client privilege applies to a given situation is often a complicated one, but it is also usually a question that courts end up deciding in favor of maintaining the privilege.

Schiff told reporters that he wants Trump answer questions about his conversations with his father and their public response to the meeting.

"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. 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.

Donald Trump Jr. (R) watches his father Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump leave the stage on the night of the Iowa Caucus in Des Moines, Iowa U.S. February 1, 2016. In either case, it could be some time before the matter is resolved while the rest of the investigation moves forward.

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