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This is the first time that House lawmakers have questioned Trump Jr. about his interactions with the President around the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, which the younger Trump attended after being promised dirt on Hillary Clinton's campaign and after being informed that the Russian government wanted his father to win the presidency. Trump Jr released the emails in July.

Trump Jr. cited attorney-client privilege when the House Intelligence Committee grilled him behind closed doors about the conversation, the committee's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, told reporters after the session.

Donald Trump headed to the Senate Judiciary Committee today where behind closed doors, far from the ears of the American public, he's going to testify about his involvement in the possible collusion with Russian Federation that occurred during the Donald Trump campaign. "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".

The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were given to Congress as part on ongoing investigations into Russia's alleged attempt to influence the US election.

Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, said on Twitter that he doubted any court would conclude Trump Jr.'s conversation with his father was protected.

On Wednesday, Dec 6, Donald Trump Jr. testified before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door session regarding any direct contact with Russian officials during the 2016 United States presidential campaign.

Donald Trump Jr. (R) watches his father Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump leave the stage on the night of the Iowa Caucus in Des Moines, Iowa U.S. February 1, 2016. Because yesterday Natalia Veselnitskaya, the lawyer that Donald Trump Jr. met with in June of 2016, testified in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Donald Trump Jr. met with her with the explicit intent of getting dirt from her on Hillary Clinton. You know, as we were walking out, [Goldstone] said 'Listen, I'm sorry for that.

Pressed by Democrats for further details about those conversations, Trump Jr. insisted conversations with his father were privileged, sources in the room said.

It is also very convenient for Trump Jr. because the questions surrounding who knew what and when about the June 9 meeting are a central part of the investigation into collusion between the campaign and Russian Federation. During that meeting, the lawyer in question recently stated that Trump Jr. offered a quid pro quo in exchange for damaging information about Clinton.

The White House acknowledged President Trump's involvement in crafting his son's misleading statement. He acknowledged discussing that matter with his father, but refused to answer questions about that discussion on the basis of attorney-client privilege.

In an email, Harvard constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe said he also found Trump Jr.'s invocation of attorney-client privilege to be "ridiculous". If this is the case, then I believe that a strong argument can be made that the privilege would remain in place because the argument could be made that the two parties, and their respective attorneys, were working pursuant to a common defense strategy and discussing matters that should be considered legally privileged.

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