Donald Trump Jr. would not tell House investigators Wednesday what he and his father discussed after reports surfaced about a June 2016 meeting he had in Trump Tower with Russians, citing attorney-client privilege.
Trump Jr. confirmed last month that he exchanged messages on Twitter with WikiLeaks during his father's campaign.
The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, told the committee that she didn't have any such evidence, and that she believes Trump misunderstood the nature of the meeting after receiving emails from a music promoter promising incriminating information on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump's Democratic opponent.
Donald Trump (R) standing with his son Donald Trump Jr. after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on September 26, 2016.
He added that the Senate Judiciary Committee should "issue a subpoena to compel him to fully account for his actions in front of the American people and to provide this committee with the documents we need to fulfill our important oversight responsibilities". Both Veselnitskaya and Akhmetshin have lobbied heavily to end the act, which sanctions Russian officials responsible for the death of Russian tax accountant Sergey Magnitsky. Previously, she told NBC News she had raised the issue of potential questionable contributions to Clinton's campaign by Americans accused in Russian Federation of tax evasion.
The initial statement in July 2017 gave a misleading impression of the meeting, which later turned out was billed to Trump Jr.as a way to get dirt on the Clintons. And he asked Veselnitskaya directly whether she had it, according to her written answers.
The Trump Tower meeting, which was also attended by the President's son-in-law Jared Kushner and the campaign chair at the time, Paul Manafort, has become a focal point of the various investigations into Russian Federation election meddling.
President Trump's eldest son denied to a congressional panel that he communicated with his father directly about what to say about a controversial June 2016 Trump Tower meeting he held with a Kremlin-connected lawyer as part of the probe into Russian meddling in the presidential election.
Veselnitskaya insists they will find nothing that isn't already known. "The meeting, essentially, ended there", Veselnitskaya writes.
In another noteworthy aspect of her answers, Veselnitskaya acknowledged that she worked with Glenn Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, in an investigation of Browder, whose campaign led Congress to pass the Magnitsky Act. Trump Jr. has said that he took the meeting with the Russians so he could "hear them out" on "information concerning the fitness, character, or qualifications of a presidential candidate" - a statement his lawyer referred NBC News to when asked about Veselnitskaya's answers to the committee.
She called the claims that dossier could have the handprints of Russian disinformation - given the firm it shared with Veselnitskaya's anti-Magnitsky Act work - "unsubstantiated and outrageous insinuations", according to NBC News.