Previously undisclosed emails show follow-up after Trump Tower meeting, report says

08 December, 2017, 02:05 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders far right grew up to become President Trump’s press secretary. Seated are her father Mike — the former presidential hopeful — and her mother with her two elder brothers behind

In my view, this is a central communication about a very pivotal meeting and a conversation between father and son is not subject to the attorney-client privilege. Because yesterday Natalia Veselnitskaya, the lawyer that Donald Trump Jr. met with in June of 2016, testified in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Donald Trump Jr. met with her with the explicit intent of getting dirt from her on Hillary Clinton.

The emails from the publicist, Rob Goldstone, were discovered by congressional investigators and raised at Wednesday's classified hearing with Trump Jr., who said he could not recall the interactions, several sources said.

Trump Jr. did not provide further details and invoked attorney-client privilege because of the presence of attorneys during the exchange with his father, Schiff said... But the bottom line is that if what this lawyer is telling us today is true, there is absolutely no question left that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

On Wednesday, Dec 6, Donald Trump Jr. testified before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door session regarding any direct contact with Russian officials during the 2016 USA presidential campaign.

When Trump Jr. posted his full email exchange with Goldstone on Twitter showing he was promised the meeting would produce dirt on the Clinton campaign, George Kaveladze emailed his father asking why Trump Jr. was admitting "collusion", two sources with knowledge of the email told CNN.




At the closed-door meeting yesterday, Trump Jr. told House investigators that he spoke with White House Communications Director Hope Hicks to request help in crafting a response to the initial reports following news reports about the meeting at Trump Tower. Trump Jr. has for months contended that after being promised he would get dirt on Hillary Clinton, the brief meeting focused nearly exclusively on the issue of Russian adoptions, saying there was no discussion with the participants after that session.

It is not the first time there has been a suggestion that the president's eldest son should publicly testify to the panel, with the committee issuing a subpoena earlier in the year before withdrawing it after Trump Jr.'s lawyers cooperated.

This is silly. "Attorney-client privilege" shields conversations between attorneys and clients.

Given all of this, the conversations that Trump Jr. may have had with his father both before and after this meeting are relevant to the Russia investigation because they go to the question of what Trump may have known about efforts by high-ranking officials in his campaign about contact with Russian officials and when he may have known it. He added that even then, it would only apply if Trump Jr. and his father had the same attorney, which they reportedly do not.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in August nodded towards the president's involvement in drafting of the statement, saying he weighed in on the statement "as any father would". 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. In either case, it could be some time before the matter is resolved while the rest of the investigation moves forward. 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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