Referring to Donald Trump Jr.'s invocation of attorney-client privilege during his questioning by the House Intelligence Committee, former federal prosecutor John Flannery expressed disbelief that Trump Jr. would attempt such an excuse. He also opined that the Trump family is not one of criminal masterminds.
“It’s not electricity, like if you have an attorney in the room it’s enough,” Flannery said of Trump’s invocation of attorney-client privilege. “They were talking about disclosing information, and if you are having a discussion to disclose information, it is not privileged. On top of that, if you are using the privilege to conceal fraud then the privilege takes flight.”
Flannery argued that invoking privilege was simply Trump Jr.'s attempt at stalling on the question of his meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.
“We are just lucky these people are bad at this,” Flannery said. “Otherwise, I used to say as a prosecutor on a white collar case, ‘You don’t catch the geniuses.’ These guys aren’t geniuses. This is the worst cover-up I have seen. I’m glad for it. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have a chance of getting at their misconduct, and their misconduct was to conceal the deal with the Russians and all the conversations they had with them.”