Trump, Trump Jr., And The Attorney-Client Privilege

Donald Trump

"This gets down to, this is a privileged communications only if the conversation was undertaken was the attorney by both of them for the goal of seeking legal advise and the same attorney represented both of them", Painter said.

In an absolutely freakish turn of events, Donald Trump, Jr.

Obviously, the privilege would not apply if Trump Jr. had a conversation with his father or with his father and other non-attorney parties.

The sources tell ABC News that the committee's questions focused on what information was exchanged during the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting in New York City, and the president's oldest son indicated the short gathering did not produce any information and ended quickly. In the meantime, Schiff said, the lawyers have asked for more time to decide how to handle the claim.

Though neither Trump Jr. nor the president is an attorney, Trump Jr. told the House Intelligence Committee that there was a lawyer in the room during the discussion, according to the committee's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California.

According to testimony filed with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Natalia Veselnitskaya, the attorney that met with Donald Trump, Jr.in June 2016, Trump Jr. was absolutely meeting with her in order to obtain dirt on Hillary Clinton. He also told the committee he initially discussed a response with Hope Hicks, a top campaign aide now serving as White House communications director, according to a committee source.

It is not the first time there has been a suggestion that the president's eldest son should publicly testify to the panel, with the committee issuing a subpoena earlier in the year before withdrawing it after Trump Jr.'s lawyers cooperated.

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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.

The conversations that Trump Jr. may have had with his father after the June 2016 meeting are of interest to investigators primarily due to the fact that the younger Trump went into this meeting on the presumption that the Russian lawyer he would be meeting with had connections to the Russian government and that the objective of the meeting was to discuss potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

As Schiff noted in his statement, it is critical to know exactly what Donald Trump knows about his son's secret meeting with the Russians during the campaign, and what they talked about after it took place.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in August nodded towards the president's involvement in drafting of the statement, saying he weighed in on the statement "as any father would".

This is silly. "Attorney-client privilege" shields conversations between attorneys and clients.

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 court would then be called upon to consider whether or not the conversation at issue fell within the boundaries of what is covered by the privilege and, if it does, then the content of those conversations could not be compelled.

The sources added that Trump Jr. was questioned only by members, with limited exceptions, a majority of which were Democrats.

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