Trump, Trump Jr., And The Attorney-Client Privilege

Following Don Jr. Testimony, Dem Rep Says He Has 'Serious Case of Amnesia'

This particular discussion revolves around a pivotal meeting, that is where representatives of the Russian government who were portrayed as providing dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of the Russian government effort to help Donald Trump to the campaign, and therefore is a central issue that we need to fully investigate. Republican members, however, said that they felt that Donald Trump Jr. had been forthcoming, according to a report by the New York Times. You know, as we were walking out, [Goldstone] said 'Listen, I'm sorry for that.

The initial statement in July 2017 gave a misleading impression of the meeting, which later turned out was billed to Trump Jr.as a way to get dirt on the Clintons.

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.

Donald Trump Jr. should be forced to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee-and it should be public, not behind closed doors, a key Democrat on the panel said Tuesday.

In one email, according to the report, Goldstone urged Scavino to have Trump create a page on VK, a Russian-based social media website, and told him that "Don and Paul" supported the idea, referring to Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort, then Trump's campaign chair.

The meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya has come under the microscope because Trump Jr. accepted the invitation from British publicist Rob Goldstone after being promised Veselnitskaya would provide incriminating information about Hillary Clinton.

"This gets down to, this is a privileged communications only if the conversation was undertaken was the attorney by both of them for the goal of seeking legal advise and the same attorney represented both of them", Painter said.

Congressional investigators have uncovered emails that indicate parties involved in the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower had subsequent communication after their summit, CNN reported Thursday.

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".

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.

Painter said that if members of the House Intelligence Committee eventually want to compel Trump Jr.to answer questions, they could force him to testify again. 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. Veselnitskaya said these documents appeared to be Trump Jr.'s primary interest as the meeting essentially ended when she said she didn't have the information.

"The general rule is that a conversation is *not* privileged if a third person is present for the conversation with an attorney and a client", Mariotti said. In either case, it could be some time before the matter is resolved while the rest of the investigation moves forward. Democrats reject Trump's privilege claim.

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