Donald Trump Jr. told House investigators that did not communicate directly with his father when confronted with news reports about his June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, according to multiple sources with knowledge of his testimony.
Instead, Trump Jr. said he was speaking to White House aide Hope Hicks about how to respond to the reports. He said President Donald Trump, according to the sources, was debating between a longer and a shorter statement while President Trump and Hicks were aboard Air Force One.
Hicks was aboard Air Force One and was speaking with Trump while the statement was being crafted.
Donald Trump Jr. is meeting with House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors today. The Associated Press reports the president's son avoided media coverage of his arrival on the Hill by using a back entrance.
Trump Jr. already met with the Senate Judiciary Committee in September, and the Senate Intelligence Committee has said it would like to speak with him before the end of the year.
Investigators are expected to ask Trump Jr. about several issues including his June 9, 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and others with the expectation of receiving dirt on Hillary Clinton; his online correspondence with Wikileaks; his encounter with Alexander Torshin on the sidelines of an NRA event; Russian financial interests in Trump businesses; and what he may know about Michael Flynn.