In an absolutely bizarre turn of events, Donald Trump, Jr. invoked attorney-client privilege to refuse to answer questions before the House Intelligence Committee about conversations he had with his father about his response to the story about the meeting in Trump Tower. Neither is a lawyer at all, much less for one another.
Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday cited attorney-client privilege to avoid telling lawmakers about a conversation he had with his father, President Donald Trump, after news broke this summer that the younger Trump — and top campaign brass — had met with Russia-connected individuals in Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign.
Though neither Trump Jr. nor the president is an attorney, Trump Jr. told the House Intelligence Committee that there was a lawyer in the room during the discussion, according to the committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California. Schiff said he didn’t think it was a legitimate invocation of attorney-client privilege.“I don’t believe you can shield communications between individuals merely by having an attorney present,” he said, after the committee’s lengthy interview with Trump Jr. “That’s not the purpose of attorney-client privilege.”
No, he can’t. It wasn’t even his attorney, it was one of Trump’s attorneys. Trump, Jr. wasn’t even on the plane, he was talking to his father through Hope Hicks, to whom Trump the Elder was dictating the statement. No court would take any such use of attorney-client privilege to be anything but laughable. And when that story broke, Junior’s attorney told the Washington Post that his client was “fully prepared and absolutely prepared to make a fulsome statement” about what led to that statement being put out. Just another lie.