House Intelligence committee questions Donald Trump Jr. on Russian Federation contacts

Donald Trump Jr. provided 2 wildly different statements to describe his meeting with a Russian lawyer

Representative Adam Schiff, the committee's top Democrat, said that Trump Jr. told the committee he couldn't speak about the conversations with his father because of "attorney-client privilege".

Lawyers for both the president and his son were in on the call, but Schiff said: "The presence of counsel does not mean communications between father and son are privileged". Schiff added that he did not believe one could "shield communications between individuals merely by having an attorney present".

In May previous year Trump Jr. also met Torshin at a U.S. National Rifle Association event. Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about a conversation father and son had in July.

But e-mails released by Trump Jr. showed that he enthusiastically agreed to the sit-down with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and others after he was promised dirt on Clinton.

Donald Trump Jr. admitted that he and his father had a discussion about last summer's secret meeting between key campaign officials and the Russians, but he refused to provide details of that conversation with the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.

The admission by his Trump's eldest son raises the question of how closely the Trumps coordinated on their response to the bombshell revelations and could bolster the case that President Trump participated in an effort to craft a false public explanation for the Trump Tower meeting.

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But according to CNN, the Veselnitskaya meeting, and how the White House tried to explain it away as a discussion about USA adoption of Russian orphans, was one focus of the questioning. The statement said the Trump Tower meeting focused on "a program about the adoption of Russian children" that the Kremlin ended after the US imposed sanctions on Russian oligarchs in 2012.

Veselnitskaya said of the meeting: "Donald Trump, Jr. asked if I had any financial documents proving that what may have been illegally obtained funds were also being donated to Mrs. Clinton's foundation". Veselnitskaya says Trump pressed her for written evidence of malfeasance by Clinton during the meeting.

It was at least the second time Trump Jr. has testified to a congressional committee investigating any Russian meddling in the election and possible collusion with Moscow by the Trump campaign. "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.

Veselnitskaya denies ever having such information and wrote in the letter released this week that Trump Jr. misunderstood the objective of the meeting because of Goldstone's "roguish letters" setting it up.

Trump Jr. had met with investigators for the Senate Judiciary Committee in September, but that session took place before prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller III filed criminal charges against former Trump advisers.

Trump Jr. acknowledged to House investigators Wednesday that he spoke with Hope Hicks - and not his father - when first confronted with news reports about the Trump Tower meeting, saying they exchanged text messages, sources said.

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