Вторник, 12 Декабря, 2017

Trump Jr. invents fake 'privilege' to justify stonewalling Congress

President Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States President Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States
Andrew Cummings | 08 Декабря, 2017, 01:41

The discussion between then-Republican candidate Trump and his son took place after the emails became public, Schiff said.

Trump Jr. claimed client-attorney privilege to justify his refusal to divulge what he and his father talked about, and top Democrat on the committee, Adam Schiff, was having none of it.

But Trump Jr. told lawmakers Wednesday there were lawyers present during the conversation at issue.

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".

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.

President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time on February 28th 2017
President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time on February 28th 2017

Donald Trump Jr. had agreed to the meeting after receiving an email stating that a Russian government lawyer would provide incriminating facts about Mrs. Clinton as "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump".

"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. This contradicts everything the Trump administration has said about the meeting, and creates a world of legal problems for Don Jr., as Ring of Fire's Farron Cousins explains.

The conversations that Trump Jr. may have had with his father after the June 2016 meeting are of interest to investigators primarily due to the fact that the younger Trump went into this meeting on the presumption that the Russian lawyer he would be meeting with had connections to the Russian government and that the objective of the meeting was to discuss potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

"I don't believe you can shield communications between individuals merely by having an attorney present That's not the goal of attorney-client privilege".

Donald Trump Jr.at a fundraiser for Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., in October.

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But Veselnitskaya said she hadn't offered anything like that and had only met to discuss the US Magnitsky Act used to place sanctions on high-level Russians. "They stuck to their position that they were not going to share any conversations that Donald Trump Jr. had with his father about the June 9th meeting", Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., told CNN Wednesday night.

No, he can't. It wasn't even his attorney, it was one of Trump's attorneys. "That's not the objective of attorney-client privilege".

Congressional investigators and Mueller's parallel independent investigation will be the judge of that.

"A lot of questions were asked and answered, and from my perspective all of our questions were answered", Conaway said after the interview. "Counsel made a claim of attorney-client privilege".

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