Dec 6, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Trump Jr. cites attorney-client privilege to avoid Russia questions

Donald Trump Jr.

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Donald Trump Jr. cited attorney-client privilege on Wednesday in order to avoid answering questions from the House Intelligence Committee about a conversation between him 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."

Why it matters: 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."

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