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Trump Jr. Refuses To Tell Congress About Conversations With Father, Invokes ‘Attorney-Client Privilege’


Trump Jr. Refuses To Tell Congress About Conversations With Father, Invokes ‘Attorney-Client Privilege’

In his more than eight-hour-long testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Jr. refused to tell House investigators what he and his father discussed after reports surfaced about a June 2016 meeting he had in Trump Tower, according to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

Trump Jr. cited attorney-client privilege because he claims there were attorneys present during the exchange with his father, Schiff said.

CNN reports:

This is the first time that House lawmakers have questioned Trump Jr. about his interactions with the President around the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, which the younger Trump attended after being promised dirt on Hillary Clinton’s campaign and after being informed that the Russian government wanted his father to win the presidency. Paul Manafort, who was then the Trump campaign chairman, along with the President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, also attended the meeting.

Trump Jr. did admit to speaking with senior White House aide Hope Hicks, and not his father, when news reports surfaced this summer about the Trump Tower meeting, saying he and Hicks exchanged text messages about how he should respond to the reports.

CNN adds:

He said the President, according to the sources, was debating between a longer and a shorter statement while Trump and Hicks were aboard Air Force One.
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. And some legal experts say the White House’s involvement could be problematic since there was ongoing criminal probe into Russian meddling.


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