The Wall Street Journal: Donald Trump Jr. cites attorney-client privilege to avoid lawmakers’ questions

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s eldest son on Wednesday refused to discuss with congressional investigators a father-son conversation earlier this year about how to handle fallout from revelations that he met with a Russian attorney during the 2016 campaign, according to two people familiar with the matter.

During the more than seven-hour session with the House Intelligence Committee, the younger Donald Trump Jr. invoked attorney-client privilege when asked for details about a telephone conversation he had with his father after news broke about his meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya. The younger Trump has publicly said he met with the attorney to obtain negative information on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Attorneys for both the president and his son were on the call, which took place sometime after a July 8, 2017 New York Times story about the meeting, according to the people familiar with the matter.

Democrats on Wednesday argued that the younger Trump’s invocation of attorney-client privilege wasn’t a proper assertion of the prerogative.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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