The letter requested that the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is conducting its own investigation into the 2016 election and President Trump's dismissal of then-FBI Director James Comey "issue a subpoena to compel him [Trump Jr.] 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".
But as Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) told Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night, if Congress tolerates witnesses like Trump Jr. making up new standards for shielding conversations, it will be much harder for investigators to learn the truth about what happened in 2016, even while making it obvious that those involved have something to hide.
Lawmakers said they want to question him about a meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 at Trump Tower in NY at which he had said he hoped to get information about the "fitness, character and qualifications" of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democrat his father defeated in last year's race for the White House.
Donald Trump Jr. was interviewed by the members of the House Intelligence Commitee behind closed doors on Wednesday as part of their Russian Federation probe, but they couldn't get much out of him, due in part to what critics slammed as his "bogus" assertion of attorney-client privilege.
Last month, Goldstone said he was ready to come to the United States to talk to special counsel Robert Mueller, though a date was not set.
In emails pitching Trump Jr. on the meeting, Goldstone said Veselnitskaya was able to provide the Trump campaign with "some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary (Clinton) and her dealings with Russian Federation". He acknowledged having discussed the June 9 meeting and the emails that went into establishing that meeting after those emails became public. He said the President, according to the sources, was debating between a longer and a shorter statement while Trump and Hicks were aboard Air Force One. Other GOP lawmakers on the panel echoed that Trump Jr. cooperated with their questioning. "He acknowledged discussing that meeting with his father".
Trump Jr. frustrated panel Democrats by refusing to answer questions related to the controversial meeting, amid a probe that is investigating whether Trump campaign aides colluded with the Kremlin.
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.
Lawyers for both the president and his son were in on the call, but Schiff said: "The presence of counsel does not mean communications between father and son are privileged". The official line from the Trump Administration since day one has been that that meeting was just about adoption. The Republican lawmaker leading that particular investigation - Rep. Mike Conaway - told reporters he felt Trump Jr. adequately answered lawmakers' questions.