Donald Trump Jr. declined to tell people of the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday in regards to a chat with President Donald Trump after media broke that Trump’s eldest child had achieved with Russian-linked contacts. | Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images White colored Residence: Trump Jr. got ‘legitimate reason’ to won’t discuss conversation with president
Donald Trump Jr. got “legitimate reason” while testifying before lawmakers to decline to discuss a conversation with his daddy by citing attorney-customer privilege, White Residence press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated Thursday.
Trump Jr. declined to tell members of the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday in regards to a chat with President Donald Trump over the summer after media broke that Trump’s eldest child had achieved with Russian-linked contacts in Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential race.
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Though neither the president nor his son is an attorney, Trump Jr. advised congressional investigators that the debate was subject to attorney-customer privilege because there is a attorney in the room.
The White Residence backed Trump Jr.’s characterization of the exchange on Thursday.
“We believe his lawyers had a legitimate motive and basis for not really answering those problems,” Sanders stated at Thursday’s daily press briefing.
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Rep. Adam Schiff, the House panel’s leading Democrat, disputed Trump Jr.’s ability to summon client-attorney privilege Wednesday following hearing.
“I don’t believe you can shield communications between individuals merely by having an lawyer present,” he said, after the committee’s lengthy interview with Trump Jr. “That’s not really the purpose of attorney-client privilege.”
The meeting in question, where Trump Jr., senior adviser Jared Kushner and then-advertising campaign chairman Paul Manafort achieved with a Kremlin-linked attorney, has become a central part of congressional probes into ties between the Trump advertising campaign and Russian officials.