Trump Jr questioned in US Congress about Russian Federation

He acknowledged discussing that matter with his father, but refused to answer questions about that discussion on the basis of attorney-client privilege.

But according to CNN, the Veselnitskaya meeting, and how the White House tried to explain it away as a discussion about U.S. adoption of Russian orphans, was one focus of the questioning.

Trump Jr. had gone into the meeting expecting to receive information on Hillary Clinton that would contribute to his father's election victory.

As Schiff noted in his statement, it is critical to know exactly what Donald Trump knows about his son's secret meeting with the Russians during the campaign, and what they talked about after it took place.

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

Goldstone was thrust into the middle of the Trump-Russia story earlier this year when the Trump Tower meeting of Trump Jr.; Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner; former campaign chairman Paul Manafort; and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya was revealed.

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Over on MSNBC in the previous hour, fellow House Intel Democrat Eric Swalwell said Trump Jr.

Veselnitskaya denies ever having such information and wrote in the letter released this week that Trump Jr. misunderstood the goal of the meeting because of Goldstone's "roguish letters" setting it up. In the meantime, Schiff said, the lawyers have asked for more time to decide how to handle the claim.

Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., left, and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., leave a House Intelligence Committee meeting as it breaks for a House floor vote from interviewing Donald Trump Jr., on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington. Trump Jr., according to the sources familiar with his testimony, said his communications were limited to the messages exchanged via Twitter and went no further.

The conversation between Trump Jr. and his father was about a meeting Trump Jr. had at Trump Tower in June 2016 with a Russian lawyerto get "dirt" on Hillary Clinton. The statement omitted facts about the session with the Russian lawyer, indicating it was primarily about the adoption of Russian children by American families.

"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". 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 goal of getting legal advice".

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. If the Court decides on the other hand that either all or part of the conversation was not privileged, then Trump Jr, would have to disclose the conversation or be held in contempt for failure to do so.

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