House Intelligence committee questions Donald Trump Jr. on Russian Federation contacts

House Intelligence committee questions Donald Trump Jr. on Russian Federation contacts

Trump Jr. "acknowledged having discussed the June 9 meeting and the emails that went into establishing that meeting after those emails became public", Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, told reporters after Trump Jr.'s interview with the panel.

On Wednesday, Mr. Trump Jr., reportedly told House Intelligence Committee members that he spoke with top Trump aide Hope Hicks but not with his father directly when the news broke.

Schiff said that didn't wash, and he wants to know more about the conversation, which took place as Trump Jr. was responding to reports of a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who offered incriminating information on Hillary Clinton.

The Washington Post has reported that the president dictated the statement Trump Jr. released that day about the meeting.

Schiff said he does not believe the Trumps' conversation is privileged information. The meeting was also attended by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Appearing voluntarily, Donald Trump Jr. arrived out of sight of cameras through a back entrance to the U.S. Capitol for the highly anticipated session.

The interview with President Donald Trump's eldest son comes as both the House and Senate intelligence panels are investigating a meeting that Trump Jr. and other Trump campaign officials held with Russians a year ago.

Veselnitskaya said of the meeting: "Donald Trump, Jr. asked if I had any financial documents proving that what may have been illegally obtained funds were also being donated to Mrs. Clinton's foundation". Veselnitskaya says Trump pressed her for written evidence of malfeasance by Clinton during the meeting.

The meeting is of keen interest to Special Counsel Robert Mueller and several Senate and House committees that are investigating whether the Trump campaign worked with Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 election.

Schiff said that while Trump Jr. admitted speaking to his father about his response to reports on the meeting, he "refused to answer questions about that meeting on the basis a claim of attorney client privilege". Special counsel Robert Mueller has interviewed key White House staff about the specific writing of the statement, raising the prospect it could be part of an obstruction of justice investigation.

Trump Jr. said he did not tell his father about the meeting when it happened, but did talk about it after emails about the gathering became public.

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