Donald Trump Jr. told House investigators on Wednesday that he did not communicate with his father when crafting a response to news reports about his Trump Tower meeting, according to reports.
Trump Jr. told staffers for the House intelligence committee that he spoke to White House press secretary Hope Hicks — not his father — about how to respond to reports that he and other campaign officials met with a Russian lawyer who he believed had promised dirt on Hillary Clinton, CNN reported.
Hope Hicks (pictured) was aboard Air Force One with the President when the statement was being crafted.
Trump Jr. was asked specifically about the White House response to the first reports of the meeting.
The White House has said the President was involved in drafting a statement saying the meeting primarily concerned a Russian adoption program. Hicks was aboard Air Force One with the President when the statement was being crafted.
Trump Jr. later admitted that he scheduled the meeting, which included then-Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort and the President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Manafort has since been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for money laundering and other crimes.
President Trump speaks in the White House on Dec. 5, 2017.
The President’s son was interviewed in private as part of the House intelligence committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Investigators are interested in the Manhattan meeting as well as messages Trump Jr. exchanged with WikiLeaks, the website that leaked emails from top Democratic officials during the campaign.