"There is no attorney client privilege that protects discussion between father and son", Schiff noted.
"Mr. Trump, Jr.'s refusal to testify before the Committee means that key questions have been left unanswered", Blumenthal added in the letter.
Veselnitskaya said of the meeting: "Donald Trump, Jr. asked if I had any financial documents proving that what may have been illegally obtained funds were also being donated to Mrs. Clinton's foundation".
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.
Newly-acquired emails reveal that a close associate of Donald Trump, Jr. was in contact with the British publicist who arrange the 2016 Trump Tower meeting in the months following it. You know, as we were walking out, [Goldstone] said 'Listen, I'm sorry for that. Trump Jr released the emails in July.
Trump Jr. "acknowledged having discussed the June 9 meeting and the emails that went into establishing that meeting after those emails became public", Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, told reporters after Trump Jr.'s interview with the panel. Though that statement claimed the meeting was "primarily" about "a program about the adoption of Russian children", additional reporting prompted Trump Jr.to release emails indicating he was eager to meet with the lawyer because he wanted the compromising Clinton information.
Sources said Trump Jr. told investigators he spoke with his father after reports surfaced about his controversial Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. Prior to this, of course, we had learned about the now famous meeting in Trump Tower between Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner, and a lawyer with ties to the Russian government. He said the President, according to the sources, was debating between a longer and a shorter statement while Trump and Hicks were aboard Air Force One. And some legal experts say the White House's involvement could be problematic since there was ongoing criminal probe into Russian meddling. 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.
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.
No, he can't. It wasn't even his attorney, it was one of Trump's attorneys. 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. If this is the case, then I believe that a strong argument can be made that the privilege would remain in place because the argument could be made that the two parties, and their respective attorneys, were working pursuant to a common defense strategy and discussing matters that should be considered legally privileged. "Who was he representing and what was the objective of this conversation?..."
In the end, this is a matter that would have to be resolved by the courts, assuming that either the committee or special counsel Mueller want to pursue the matter.
Donald Trump Jr. (R) watches his father Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump leave the stage on the night of the Iowa Caucus in Des Moines, Iowa U.S. February 1, 2016.