Donald Trump Jr. met behind closed doors for roughly seven hours Wednesday with the House Intelligence committee, fielding extensive questions about contacts he had with Russians during the 2016 campaign.
His Wednesday session with the House committee was longer and more expansive, and it was the first opportunity elected lawmakers have had to ask Trump Jr. questions directly, instead of leaving that to investigative staff.
After she spoke with Mr. Trump Jr., she then spoke with the president, according to sources CNN quoted, and they discussed the length of the statement.
Donald Trump Jr. was grilled behind closed doors in Congress Wednesday about his contacts with Russian Federation as pressure builds on his father over alleged collusion with Moscow in last year's election.
Trump Jr. claimed client-attorney privilege to justify his refusal to divulge what he and his father talked about, and top Democrat on the committee, Adam Schiff, was having none of it.
However, Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the committee's Russian Federation investigation, did not express the same concerns as Schiff about Trump Jr.'s response.
The initial statement released by Team Trump about the meeting - which also included Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and ex-campaign chair Paul Manafort - said that the discussion centered on United States sanctions on Russia that it responded to by canceling U.S. adoptions of Russian children.
This particular discussion revolves around a pivotal meeting, that is where representatives of the Russian government who were portrayed as providing dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of the Russian government effort to help Donald Trump to the campaign, and therefore is a central issue that we need to fully investigate.
Hicks was aboard Air Force One and was speaking with Trump while the statement was being crafted.
"Today, I understand why it took place to begin with and why it ended so quickly with a feeling of mutual disappointment and time wasted", Veselnitskaya wrote of the meeting, according to NBC.
Separately, sources said, Trump Jr. said he could not recall some key details about the White House response. And some legal experts say the White House's involvement could be problematic since there was ongoing criminal probe into Russian meddling.