Trump Jr. invents fake 'privilege' to justify stonewalling Congress

Trump Jr. invents fake 'privilege' to justify stonewalling Congress

Trump Jr. invents fake 'privilege' to justify stonewalling Congress

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

The agreement for Goldstone to appear before the congressional Russia panels is the latest sign that the music publicist is ready to cooperate with the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections.

The eldest first son said President Trump was only debating whether they should release a longer or a shorter statement, the network said.

He entered and exited the House Intelligence Committee hearing from a back door, avoiding the media, and nothing was immediately released about the discussions.

Mueller has also shown interest in the White House response to the meeting once it became public.

Trump Jr. "acknowledged having discussed the June 9 meeting and the emails that went into establishing that meeting after those emails became public", Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, told reporters after Trump Jr.'s interview with the panel.

"I don't think my colleagues on the other side of the aisle would dispute the fact that as to this very central conversation between father and son, the witness declined to answer the question", Schiff said.

"Today, I understand why it took place to begin with and why it ended so quickly with a feeling of mutual disappointment and time wasted", she wrote of the meeting, according to NBC.

Rep. Adam Schiff D-Calif. ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee speaks to media after a House Intelligence Committee meeting where President Donald Trump’s oldest son Donald Trump Jr. was interviewed behind closed doors on Capitol Hill

The initial statement in July 2017 gave a misleading impression of the meeting, which later turned out was billed to Trump Jr.as a way to get dirt on the Clintons.

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. The congressman said that Mr. Trump's lawyer, Alan S. Futerfas, asked the committee for more time to answer questions about that conversation because both he and a lawyer for the president were privy to it.

Donald Trump Jr.at a fundraiser for Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., in October. Trump Jr. said he did not recall the exchanges, CNN reported, citing several unnamed sources. "He acknowledged discussing that meeting with his father". "That's not the goal of attorney-client privilege".

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

"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.

Congressional investigators and Mueller's parallel independent investigation will be the judge of that.

Other lawmakers, Republicans as well as Democrats, say the goal of their investigation is to guarantee the integrity of USA elections, not to target Trump and his associates. In this case, it doesn't necessarily matter if it was attempted or if it came to fruition.

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