During his lengthy interview with the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. told the panel he couldn't discuss a conversation he had with his father this summer because of attorney-client privilege. The Trumps are not attorneys, nor are they each other's client.
Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the committee's top Democrat, said that Trump Jr. claimed there was a lawyer in the room during their discussion, so the argument counts. "I don't believe you can shield communications between individuals merely by having an attorney present," Schiff said. "That's not the purpose of attorney-client privilege."
The conversation in question came after The New York Times contacted Trump Jr. about a 2016 meeting Trump Jr. had with several Russians, including a Kremlin-linked attorney, before the election. Trump Jr.'s initial statement, which President Trump reportedly had a hand in drafting, described the meeting as being short and solely about the adoption of Russian children by Americans; it was later revealed Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting because he was promised compromising information on Hillary Clinton by the Russian government, and he was joined by former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his brother-in-law and Trump adviser, Jared Kushner. Catherine Garcia
President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had their first, highly anticipated face-to-face meeting earlier this month at the G-20 summit, but they also had a second, previously undisclosed meeting later that day during a dinner, a White House official confirmed to NBC News Tuesday.
The official said the pair spoke during a couples-only social dinner in Hamburg; in the middle of the meal, Trump left his seat to sit down next to Putin, The Washington Post reports. Ian Bremmer, president of the international consulting firm Eurasia Group, first reported on the meeting, and said he was told by people at the dinner it lasted an hour and was also attended by Putin's translator. Bremmer also said diners could see Trump and Putin talking to each other, but couldn't hear anything. The White House never announced this meeting took place, and The New York Times reports there is no U.S. government record of it. Catherine Garcia