During a Fox News appearance Tuesday, Don Trump Jr. blamed Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) of leaking what was said when he was called before the committee.
The younger Trump attempted to declare father-son privilege, something that doesn’t exist in the law. As a result, many of the committee’s questions went unanswered.
“He has been making this claim all along,” Schiff said. “What upsets Don Jr. — I can understand why he is upset — is he was saying, ‘I’m fully cooperating with Congress, I’m answering questions.’ Then he goes before our committee and refuses to answer a whole host of questions, making completely false claims of privilege. We called him out on it as we have done with other witnesses.”
Schiff noted that the other side of the aisle did similar things when they exposed former aide Steve Bannon for refusing to answer questions.
“He calls that a leak because we exposed the fact that he refused to answer questions and was making up some attorney/client privilege to cover conversations between he and his father when neither is an attorney nor the client of the other,” the Congressman continued. “That’s his upset. That’s not a leak. It’s exposure of his non-cooperation and his stonewalling of our committee.”
He noted that the committee has always maintained that they would not talk about the substance of the witness’ testimony, but would reveal non-cooperation.
“So, they cannot mislead the public into thinking they are answering our questions,” Schiff said. “That is not only a practice that we have had, but also my colleagues in the GOP have from time-to-time used the same practice, for example, when Steve Bannon came in and stonewalled our committee. They were more than willing to go out publicly and say, he is not answering our questions. That’s been our practice both Democrats and Republicans. Don Jr. may not like it because he wants to maintain a facade of cooperation. That’s the reality.”
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