Talking Points Memo reports:
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters on Wednesday evening that Donald Trump Jr. cited attorney-client privilege to avoid answering the committee’s questions about a discussion he had with President Donald Trump about his June 2016 meeting with Kremlin-linked officials.
After the committee completed its interview with Trump Jr., Schiff briefly spoke with reporters and revealed that Trump Jr. acknowledged that he discussed the June 2016 meeting, as well as the emails leading up to the meeting, with his father. Schiff said that the conversation “ostensibly” took place after the emails became public but would not reveal more about the timeline.
Trump Jr. told committee members that lawyers were present for his conversation with the President and argued that this shields him from having to detail the discussion with the committee, per Schiff. Schiff disagreed, however.
If several thousand hours of Law & Order reruns have taught me anything, it’s that the presence of third parties voids attorney-client privilege.
Ranking House intel member Rep. Adam Schiff says he believes “the committee has set a precedent that if witnesses make any flimsy claim of privilege that the House or the Senate will back away” https://t.co/FrU13mwLG4 https://t.co/cf9E8Zcagc
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