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Trump Jr. Meets With House Panel

  • FILE - In this July 11, 2017, file photo, Donald Trump Jr. is interviewed by host Sean Hannity on his Fox News Channel television program, in New York. Trump has arrived on Capitol Hill for a private interview as part of the House intelligence committee's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, left, and other members arrive to meet with the president's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., behind closed doors on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, heads to a closed-door session with the president's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, heads to a closed-door session with the president's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)



The Washington Post
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Washington — Donald Trump Jr. met behind closed doors for roughly seven hours on Wednesday with the House Intelligence committee, fielding extensive questioning about contacts he had with Russians during the 2016 campaign.

Committee members queried President Donald Trump’s eldest son about a June 2016 meeting he held with a Russian lawyer after he was told she would provide damaging information about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

He also was asked about his contact with WikiLeaks in October 2016, around the time the group was releasing hacked Democratic emails, according to people familiar with the session.

Trump Jr. told the committee that he had not informed his father about his meeting with the Russian lawyer at the time it took place.

He also said he had not told Trump that he exchanged private messages with the WikiLeaks Twitter account, according to the people.

His daylong interview came as multiple investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election focus on members of Trump’s inner circle.

Trump Jr. had met with investigators for the Senate Judiciary Committee in September, but that session took place before prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller filed criminal charges against former Trump advisers.

His Wednesday session with the House committee was longer and more expansive, and was the first opportunity elected lawmakers have had to ask Trump Jr. questions directly, instead of leaving that to investigative staff.