Goldstone Followed Up On Trump Tower Meet With Trump Aide, His Client

Casey Dawson
December 8, 2017

Again, this information came to light yesterday and it echoes something that Veselnitskaya had said about a month ago, and she was hoping that she would get to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in an open hearing so that the entire American public could hear what she had to say and learn the truth about that fateful meeting that Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner had with her back in June of 2016.

Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee investigating allegations of Russian interference in last year's US election, said Trump Jr answered the "overwhelming majority" of questions from committee members in his hours of testimony.

Jacobovitz noted this question of what Trump knew/when is also coming at a time when at least one of Trump's lawyers is shifting the president's defense from: He didn't to anything wrong to the more fanciful He can't be charged for doing anything wrong.

"In my view, there is no attorney-client privilege that protects a discussion between father and son", Schiff said.

The conversation between Trump Jr. and his father was about a meeting Trump Jr. had at Trump Tower in June 2016 with a Russian lawyerto get "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump Jr. had agreed to the meeting after receiving an email stating that a Russian government lawyer would provide incriminating facts about Mrs. Clinton as "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump".

Once it became apparent that she did not have meaningful information about Clinton, Trump seemed to lose interest, Veselnitskaya said, and the meeting petered out.

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The call for the committee to subpoena Trump Jr. comes several weeks after he released correspondence between himself and WikiLeaks during the 2016 election campaign. In the meantime, Schiff said, the lawyers have asked for more time to decide how to handle the claim.

Goldstone set up the meeting on behalf of his client, Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, whose father, Aras, is a Russian real estate mogul with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. "That's not the goal of attorney-client privilege".

This question gets to a pattern legal experts have noticed among key members of the Trump campaign and administration: They continually forget, misstate, mislead or even - in the case of Flynn - lie about their relations with Russian Federation.

In the end, this is a matter that would have to be resolved by the courts, assuming that either the committee or special counsel Mueller want to pursue the matter.

In another email, according to the report, Goldstone sent Agalarov and Kaveladze a CNN story about Russian hacking of emails from the Democratic National Committee. If the Court decides on the other hand that either all or part of the conversation was not privileged, then Trump Jr, would have to disclose the conversation or be held in contempt for failure to do so.

Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, one of the Republicans leading the probe, said the interview was "professional" and described Trump "cooperative at all times".

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