- Firearm companies can’t advertise guns on Instagram—but influencers can 2 Years Ago
- Roy Moore is running for Senate again, despite… you know Today 3:34 PM
- 72 officers removed from patrol over ‘offensive’ Facebook posts Today 3:32 PM
- Cuba Gooding Jr. turned himself in to the police—and it’s a meme now Today 3:26 PM
- Facebook would like to remind the world it owns Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus Today 3:10 PM
- Kutcher, Kunis debunk divorce rumor—and fans reply with ‘That ‘70s Show’ memes Today 3:00 PM
- Yes, Tifa’s breasts are smaller in Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Here’s why Today 1:33 PM
- Google admits bug could let people spy on Nest cameras Today 1:29 PM
- The Trump 2020 bot campaign has begun Today 1:10 PM
- Here’s what’s coming and going on Netflix in July 2019 Today 12:39 PM
- Suicides in the U.S. are increasing at terrifying rates Today 12:32 PM
- Hannah’s season of ‘The Bachelorette’ goes up in smoke amid drama, receipts Today 12:27 PM
- Homophobic pastor blocked from hosting event at Cracker Barrel Today 12:01 PM
- Here’s what’s coming to Amazon Prime in July 2019 Today 12:01 PM
- Biden faces backlash for remarks about working with segregationist senators Today 10:58 AM
Trump Jr. invokes attorney-client privilege over Russia call with father
Some committee members didn’t agree.
Donald Trump Jr. cited attorney-client privilege when speaking with members of Congress on Wednesday when pressed about a conversation he had with his father, President Donald Trump, regarding a meeting with a Russian lawyer he had in June 2016. In the meeting, Trump Jr. reportedly expected to get damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
Trump Jr. spoke with the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Wednesday and was asked about a conversation he had with his father following the revelation that he and several other high-ranking Trump campaign officials met with a Russian lawyer as the campaign kicked into high gear in the summer of last year.
The meeting has become a focus of investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and Trump Jr. eventually released a series of emails about the meeting that showed there was a possibility of receiving damaging information on Clinton.
The response to the meeting, and whether President Trump had a role in crafting what Trump Jr. said after news of the story broke, is being probed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, according to the New York Times.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top-ranking Democrat on the House committee, said he did not believe that lawyers being present for the phone call between Trump Jr. and his father made it subject to attorney-client privilege.
“I don’t believe you can shield communications between individuals merely by having an attorney present,” Schiff said, according to Politico. “That’s not the purpose of attorney-client privilege.”
Trump Jr. was also asked by the House committee about his Twitter direct message conversations with Wikileaks—where the group reportedly asked him to leak then-candidate Trump’s tax returns to them—the Times reports.
Trump said he considered the organization to be an independent media agency, not a group working in concert with Russia.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).