"This gets down to, this is a privileged communications only if the conversation was undertaken was the attorney by both of them for the objective of seeking legal advise and the same attorney represented both of them", Painter said.
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. Those emails made it clear that objective of the meeting was based on the claim that the Kremlin-linked lawyer could deliver damaging information about Hillary Clinton, a prospect that elicited a response from Trump Jr. that said: "Sounds great!"
When questioned about details concerning the conversation between himself and President Trump, Donald Trump Jr. refused to provide details and invoked attorney-client privilege because of the presence of attorneys during the exchange with his father, according to California representative Adam Schiff. But the bottom line is that if what this lawyer is telling us today is true, there is absolutely no question left that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation.
Congressional investigators discovered the existence of the post-meeting emails during Trump Jr.'s eight-hour hearing before the House Intelligence Committee.
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. None of the emails CNN reported on Thursday were sent to Trump Jr. directly, but were instead missives sent by Goldstone to Dan Scavino, then a top aide to the Trump campaign and now the White House's social media director, as well as Ike Kaveladze, a Russian who was present at the meeting.
Trump Jr. had gone into the meeting expecting to receive information on Hillary Clinton that would contribute to his father's election victory.
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. He said the President, according to the sources, was debating between a longer and a shorter statement while Trump and Hicks were aboard Air Force One.
Given all of this, the conversations that Trump Jr. may have had with his father both before and after this meeting are relevant to the Russia investigation because they go to the question of what Trump may have known about efforts by high-ranking officials in his campaign about contact with Russian officials and when he may have known it.
This is silly. "Attorney-client privilege" shields conversations between attorneys and clients. Additionally, a conversation that includes a party and his attorney along with a third party that the attorney does not represent would generally not be considered privileged.
No, he can't. It wasn't even his attorney, it was one of Trump's attorneys. The court would then be called upon to consider whether or not the conversation at issue fell within the boundaries of what is covered by the privilege and, if it does, then the content of those conversations could not be compelled. "In this instance, both Trump and Trump Jr. are subjects of the same investigation and any legal advice they received on these topics would potentially implicate the other person". In this case, it doesn't necessarily matter if it was attempted or if it came to fruition.