Donald Trump Jr. cited attorney-client privilege on Wednesday in order to avoid answering questions from the House Intelligence Committee about a conversation between he and his father, President Trump, per Politico. The conversation took place after news broke about Trump Jr.’s meeting in Trump Tower with Kremlin-connected individuals, and Trump Jr. said there was an attorney present.
Ranking Democrat of the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, said that’s not a legitimate reason to invoke that privilege: “I don’t believe you can shield communications between individuals merely by having an attorney present…That’s not the purpose of attorney-client privilege.”
This was the first time Trump Jr. has been questioned by the intelligence committee over his meeting, which he agreed to in hopes of getting negative information on Hillary Clinton. Schiff said “very central conversation between father and son.”
As the story unfolded, Trump Jr. revised his statements and ultimately released a series of emails that revealed he was told before the meeting that the Russian government wanted to help his father’s presidential campaign and that urged him to meet with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to receive dirt on Clinton. Subsequent reporting suggested that President Trump had a hand in crafting the initial, incomplete response to the Times story.