Donald Trump Jr. declined to tell lawmakers about discussions he had with his father with respect to a 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer after emails describing the meeting had become unrestricted according to the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee.
Trump Jr. told committee members that lawyers were present for his conversation with the President and argued that this shields him from having to detail the discussion with the committee, per Schiff.
President Trump's eldest son denied to a congressional panel that he communicated with his father directly about what to say about a controversial June 2016 Trump Tower meeting he held with a Kremlin-connected lawyer as part of the probe into Russian meddling in the presidential election. A Republican source added Trump Jr. was asked about some Trump Organization business going back decades and at times based on old news reports about his father.
Schiff said he does not believe the Trumps' conversation is privileged information.
But the White House has admitted that President Trump was involved in drafting a public statement reacting to the news when it broke.
In August, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president weighed in on the statement "as any father would".
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The committee is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
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. It was then that Trump Jr., per the sources, said Clinton's testimony was not the same: she was testifying about the 2012 attack in Benghazi where four Americans were killed.
The Senate intelligence committee also hopes to interview Trump Jr. before the end of the year. He acknowledged discussing that matter with his father, but refused to answer questions about that discussion on the basis of attorney-client privilege.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating how Trump Jr.'s initial response was crafted.
Donald Trump Jr. has refused to tell USA lawmakers about conversations he had with his father regarding a 2016 meeting he had with several Russians at Trump Tower, a top congressional Democrat said.
The meeting is of keen interest to Special Counsel Robert Mueller and several Senate and House committees that are investigating whether the Trump campaign worked with Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 election.