About that conversation: The House intelligence committee is investigating a meeting Trump Jr. had with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign.
NBC News reported on Tuesday that, in recent written testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Veselnitskaya said Trump Jr had asked her in the June 2016 meeting for evidence of illegal donations to the foundation of former president Bill Clinton, the husband of Mr Trump's Democratic election rival Hillary Clinton.
Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Kremlin-linked lawyer Trump Jr. met, contradicted the president's response in a letter answering questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee released Wednesday.
During a scrum with reporters following Wednesday's hearing, Schiff told reporters he didn't think Trump Jr.'s invocation of attorney-client privilege was appropriate.
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.
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"If his father knew about the meeting in advance and either condoned it or encouraged it, that is something [special counsel Robert S. Mueller III] would be very interested in", said Jeffrey Jacobovitz, a white collar criminal defense lawyer who has defended Clinton officials and is now at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP. In this case, however, it appears from reports that Trump Jr.is claiming that the conversation that took place before the White House statement regarding the Trump Tower meeting that was released earlier this year was between the President and his attorney and Trump Jr. and his attorney. Add Donald Trump Jr.as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump Jr. news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
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. "He acknowledged discussing that meeting with his father".
The question of whether or not the attorney-client privilege applies to a given situation is often a complicated one, but it is also usually a question that courts end up deciding in favor of maintaining the privilege.
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. Richard Painter, a University of Minnesota law professor who previously served as chief ethics counsel to President George W. Bush, told ThinkProgress that the privilege "only covers a conversation that is undertaken for the objective of getting legal advice".
Painter said that if members of the House Intelligence Committee eventually want to compel Trump Jr.to answer questions, they could force him to testify again. "In this instance, both Trump and Trump Jr. are subjects of the same investigation and any legal advice they received on these topics would potentially implicate the other person".