Donald Trump Jr. refused to tell House investigators what he and President Donald Trump discussed after Donald Jr. had a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with Russians.
Donald Jr., who is not an attorney, cited attorney-client privilege, notes CNN.
Donald Jr. claimed he had attorney-client privilege because attorneys were present during his conversation with his father.
Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California told CNN host Anderson Cooper how Donald Jr.’s claim was bogus:
This is not a privilege in the law. If it was, essentially every defendant in America could call into their attorney’s office, an alibi witness, and talk to them directly to get their stories straight and a prosecutor would never be able to penetrate that. That’s not how it works.
Michael Zeldin, who formerly served as special counsel Robert Mueller’s Justice Department special assistant, also dismissed Trump Jr.’s claim:
There’s nothing that’s attorney-client privilege protectable in that chain… Maybe the assertion of attorney-client privilege here is to buy time to get their story straight, which is in and of itself very problematic and I don’t think Mueller will find that availing.