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

08 December, 2017, 02:06 | Author: Diane Mills
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"The attorney-client privilege only protects confidential communications between a lawyer and a client to facilitate the provision of legal services".

In the end, the committee does not seem to have been able to compel Trump answer the question. Trump Jr. said he did not recall the exchanges, CNN reported, citing several unnamed sources.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump Jr. set for high-stakes interview with House intel panel Comey back in the spotlight after Flynn makes a deal Schiff: Flynn plea "very significant" MORE (D-Calif.) is challenging Trump Jr.'s reasoning, saying Trump Jr. can not apply attorney-client privilege and "shield" lawmakers from this conversation between father and son just because an attorney was present in the room.

Trump Jr.'s refusal to answer questions about his conversation with his father "have given Mueller a clearer signal that the answer is incriminating", wrote former Department of Justice Director of Public Affairs Matthew Miller on Twitter Wednesday. You know, as we were walking out, [Goldstone] said 'Listen, I'm sorry for that.

Congressional investigators found the emails and brought them up at Trump Jr.'s testimony on Wednesday before the House Intelligence Committee, according to CNN, though none of the messages were sent directly to him.

"He acknowledged having discussed the June 9 meeting and the emails that went into establishing that meeting after those emails became public", Schiff said Wednesday following a closed-door meeting with Trump Jr. And whatever was said between father and son after emails concerning the meeting became public would certainly be relevant to understanding the role the president might have played in orchestrating the response to the damaging reports about Trump Jr.'s effort to obtain Clinton "dirt".

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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 who was his father's presidential election opponent.

When news of the meeting originally broke a year later, President Trump personally dictated a response to the story, according to senior advisers who spoke with The Washington Post at the time.

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".

Attorney-client privilege is "a legal privilege that works to keep communications between an attorney and his or her client secret", according to Cornell Law School. Additionally, a conversation that includes a party and his attorney along with a third party that the attorney does not represent would generally not be considered privileged.

Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, one of the Republicans leading the probe, said the interview was "professional" and described Trump "cooperative at all times". No defense attorney with half a brain is going to allow that.

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.


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