Trump Jr. Invokes Attorney-Client Privilege with His Father

Marie Harrington
December 8, 2017

Donald Trump Jr.is headed to the Senate Judiciary Committee today where behind closed doors, far from the ears of the American public, he's going to testify about his involvement in the possible collusion with Russian Federation that occurred during the Donald Trump campaign.

As CNN reports, the timeline presented by these emails contradicts Trump Jr.'s assertion that after the promised "dirt" on Hillary Clinton was not delivered by the Russians in attendance at the June 2016 meeting, they had no more contact.

On Wednesday, Dec 6, Donald Trump Jr. testified before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door session regarding any direct contact with Russian officials during the 2016 USA presidential campaign. Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayHouse panel interviews Podesta after Trump dossier revelation Texas lawmaker says GOP colleague should resign over lewd photo AG Sessions to face House panel in closed-door hearing MORE (R-Texas), maintained that Trump Jr. had answered "all" his questions.

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

That's a pretty condensed summary, but as you may or may not recall, we also learned Trump Jr. discussed that meeting with his father.

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. He acknowledged having discussed the June 9 meeting and the emails that went into establishing that meeting after those emails became public.

A separate 2016 meeting with Alexander Torshin, a senior Russian politician and central banker close to President Vladimir Putin, has added to the scrutiny of President Trump's eldest son.

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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.

In one email, according to the report, Goldstone urged Scavino to have Trump create a page on VK, a Russian-based social media website, and told him that "Don and Paul" supported the idea, referring to Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort, then Trump's campaign chair.

Trump Jr. has kinda sorta denied anything else took place after the meeting, but he's left open the possibility: "I have no recollection of any documents being offered or left for us", he told Senate investigators in September.

This question gets to a pattern legal experts have noticed among key members of the Trump campaign and administration: They continually forget, misstate, mislead or even - in the case of Flynn - lie about their relations with Russian Federation.

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

Painter said that if members of the House Intelligence Committee eventually want to compel Trump Jr.to answer questions, they could force him to testify again.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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