In my view, there is no attorney-client privilege that protects a discussion between father and son.
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.
Trump Jr. said because a lawyer was present during the meeting, their conversation was protected.
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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif speaks to media after a House Intelligence Committee meeting where President Donald Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was interviewed behind closed doors on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, center, Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., right, and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left, after House Intelligence Committee meeting where Donald Trump Jr., was interviewed, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.
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. Initially, of course, the Trump White House and Trump Jr. claimed that the meeting was about the sanctions imposed by the so-called Magnisky Act and the issue of the adoption of Russian babies by American citizens, which was in limbo in wake of the sanctions imposed after Russia's annexation of the Crimean region of Ukraine.
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.
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 goal of the meeting was to discuss potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton. The statement said the Trump Tower meeting focused on "a program about the adoption of Russian children" that the Kremlin ended after the USA imposed sanctions on Russian oligarchs in 2012. 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. "Counsel made a claim of attorney-client privilege". No court would take any such use of attorney-client privilege to be anything but laughable. If none of the parties are attorneys then there is obviously no privilege.
No, he can't. It wasn't even his attorney, it was one of Trump's attorneys. No defense attorney with half a brain is going to allow that. In either case, it could be some time before the matter is resolved while the rest of the investigation moves forward. None of the newly disclosed emails were sent directly to Trump Jr.