Trump Jr. says he spoke to Hope Hicks about Trump Tower statement
Donald Trump Jr. told House investigators on Wednesday that he did not communicate with his father when crafting a response to news reports about his Trump Tower meeting, according to reports.
Trump Jr. told the House intelligence committee that he spoke to White House press secretary Hope Hicks — not his father — about how to respond to reports that he and other campaign officials met with a Russian lawyer who he believed had promised dirt on Hillary Clinton, CNN reported.
During the eight-hour testimony Wednesday, Trump Jr. invoked attorney-client privelege and refused to disclose what he said during an exchange with his father in July after news of the meeting first broke.
Neither the president nor his son is a lawyer, although Trump Jr. said their respective attorneys were on the call.
“I don’t believe you can shield communications between individuals merely by having an attorney present,” said the committee’s Rep. Adam Schiff.
Hope Hicks (pictured) was aboard Air Force One with the President when the statement was being crafted.
Trump Jr. was asked specifically about the White House response to reports of his June 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
The White House has said the President was involved in drafting a statement aboard Air Force One on July 8 saying the meeting primarily concerned a Russian adoption program. Hicks was aboard Air Force One with the President when the statement was being crafted.
The president’s son later acknowledged he accepted the meeting after receiving an email offering incriminating information on Trump’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
The President’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and then-Trump campaign chairman also sat in on the meeting.
Manafort has since been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for money laundering and other crimes.
President Trump speaks in the White House on Dec. 5, 2017.
The President’s son was interviewed in private as part of the House intelligence committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Investigators are interested in the Manhattan meeting as well as messages Trump Jr. exchanged with WikiLeaks, the website that leaked emails from top Democratic officials during the campaign.
With Jessica Chia