Speaking to the committee behind closed doors on Wednesday as part of an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Trump Jr also said he didn't tell the President about the meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russians when it happened.
Legal experts told TPM that there are specific situations in which Trump Jr.'s invoking the privilege would be legitimate, though they noted that publicly reported information on the circumstances of the call suggests that it was not.
During a scrum with reporters following Wednesday's hearing, Schiff told reporters he didn't think Trump Jr.'s invocation of attorney-client privilege was appropriate.
But Schiff questioned whether that was a valid reason to not tell Congress about the conversations.
The president's son cited attorney-client privileges after emails detailing the meeting had become public, according to the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee.
Goldstone described the article as "eerily weird", as it was published just five days after the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower. Republican members, however, said that they felt that Donald Trump Jr. had been forthcoming, according to a report by the New York Times. He acknowledged having discussed the June 9th meeting and the emails that went into establishing that meeting after those emails became public.
Veselnitskaya has previously given jumbled and inconsistent statements about the events surrounding the Trump Tower meeting. Trump Jr.'s email chain, you will recall, confirmed that he took this meeting - which was also attended by Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign chair Paul Manafort - in the full expectation that it would yield dirt on Hillary Clinton provided by the Russian government, which was trying to tip the election to his father.
The publicist is scheduled to speak with the House Intelligence Committee next week. They're also interested in messages Trump Jr. exchanged with WikiLeaks, the website that leaked emails from top Democratic officials during the campaign. Trump Jr. later said the promised material never materialized. Russian Federation denies any such effort and Trump has dismissed talk of collusion. His statement said the Trump Tower meeting was primarily about the ability of Americans to adopt Russian children. The Trump backers have theorized that the Trump Tower meeting was a setup used to plant negative claims about the Trump campaign in the dossier.
In an interview with me Thursday morning, Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) - the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, which interviewed Trump Jr. Richard Painter, a University of Minnesota law professor who previously served as chief ethics counsel to President George W. Bush, told ThinkProgress that the privilege "only covers a conversation that is undertaken for the goal of getting legal advice". More information about the goal of the conversation and people who were present is needed to answer the privilege question, she also said. The congressman said that Mr. Trump's lawyer, Alan S. Futerfas, asked the committee for more time to answer questions about that conversation because both he and a lawyer for the president were privy to it.
"If you're Bob Mueller and you get an interview of Donald Trump Jr., this is going to be one of the three or four main topics in your outline. In short, I gave it no further thought".