Trump's eldest son faces questions in Congress about Russian Federation

Katrina Barker
December 8, 2017

About that conversation: The House intelligence committee is investigating a meeting Trump Jr. had with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign.

"I don't believe you can shield communications between individuals merely by having an attorney present", he said, after the committee's lengthy interview with Trump Jr.

Lawmakers said they want to question him about a meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 at Trump Tower in NY at which he had said he hoped to get information about the "fitness, character and qualifications" of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democrat his father defeated in last year's race for the White House.

Jacobovitz noted this question of what Trump knew/when is also coming at a time when at least one of Trump's lawyers is shifting the president's defense from: He didn't to anything wrong to the more fanciful He can't be charged for doing anything wrong.

When Trump Jr. posted his email exchange with Goldstone on Twitter in July, CNN reported, citing two unnamed sources with knowledge of the message, that Kaveladze's son George Kaveladze emailed his father asking why Trump, Jr. was admitting to "collusion".

The California lawmaker said the details of such a discussion could reveal critical information, including efforts to "obstruct the investigation into the campaign's contact with the Russians or any other misrepresentations to the public about that meeting".

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. Kaveladze attended the meeting in Trump Tower between Trump Jr. and the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya.

This case for the special prosecutor's becoming a little bit more of a slam dunk with every new piece of information that emerges, because if they're able to confirm what this lawyer told the Senate Judiciary Committee, then there is no way in hell Donald Trump Jr. could possibly get away.

Trump Jr. and the other meeting attendees have maintained that the meeting was instead focused on U.S. sanctions against Russian Federation, rather than dirt on Clinton. As a general rule, of course, the privilege means that conversations between a client and his or her attorney are privileged and can not be revealed in Court or in any other proceeding of a legal nature such as a Congressional investigation.

Veselnitskaya denies ever having such information and wrote in the letter released this week that Trump Jr. misunderstood the goal of the meeting because of Goldstone's "roguish letters" setting it up.

This question gets to a pattern legal experts have noticed among key members of the Trump campaign and administration: They continually forget, misstate, mislead or even - in the case of Flynn - lie about their relations with Russian Federation.

That's the perspective of a high-ranking Democrat on that committee. "Counsel made a claim of attorney-client privilege". Republican members, however, said that they felt that Donald Trump Jr. had been forthcoming, according to a report by the New York Times.

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