The "privilege" was invoked when lawmakers probed a meeting Trump Jr. held at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer in June of 2016 after being promised "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.
When asked about a conversation he had with President Donald Trump about the meeting this past summer, Trump Jr. claimed that, because a lawyer was present during their phone call, he did not have to divulge the details.
Don Jr. invoked attorney-client privilege to avoid disclosing conversations with his father, even though neither is a lawyer.
"I don't believe you can shield communications between individuals merely by having an attorney present," argued Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
And you get the impression in listening to him that he didn’t spend much time talking to his father," Speier added.
Absurd & duplicitous to assert attorney-client privilege in order to not answer questions. https://t.co/xFJK96jEr5
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) December 7, 2017
Don Jr. invoked attorney-client privilege to avoid disclosing conversations with his father, even though neither is a lawyer. Admittedly, it's been a while since I took the bar exam, but I'm fairly sure this isn't how it works. https://t.co/33XiYBOqHl
— Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) December 7, 2017
4/ In this instance, both Trump and Trump Jr. are subjects of the same investigation, and any legal advice they received on these topics would potentially implicate the other person. I doubt any court would conclude this conversation was privileged.
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) December 7, 2017
2/2 Neither Trump is a lawyer. Jr claims Attorney Client privilege lets him avoid answering because there were lawyers present when he talked with his Dad. But, if there’s anyone other than you & your lawyer in the room, the privilege doesn’t apply. Bless Jr’s heart.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) December 7, 2017
The fact that there are lawyers on Twitter means all your tweets are protected by attorney-client privilege.
*DISCLAIMER: This is bad advice. Don't take it. Also, I am not your lawyer. Don't sue me for malpractice.*
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) December 7, 2017