The Trump attorney defending Donald Trump Jr.’s email chain with WikiLeaks has warned that the Republican nominee’s lawyer “has no legal standing” to sue him.
In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee sent Monday, Donald Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz argued that Trump Jr. “has a strong interest in maintaining his innocence” of any wrongdoing and is “simply seeking a fair trial.”
In a separate letter to Kasowitz, Trump’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, said Kasowitz has “no legal standing to defend himself against the charges.”
Grisham’s letter, released by CNN on Monday, came as Trump Jr., along with his wife, Melania, and their children, traveled to New York City on Monday to meet with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who has previously claimed that Trump’s son Donald Trump was under investigation for possible collusion with Russia.
The meeting was reportedly part of a Russian effort to influence the 2016 presidential election.
S meeting with Veselnitkaya, who has denied any Russian involvement, is at the center of a growing legal battle over Trump Jr’s June 9, 2016, email chain that was obtained by The New York Times and reported on Sunday.
The Times reported that the emails show that Veselnitchkaya was eager to help the campaign of Trump and had promised damaging information about Clinton to Trump Jr and his father, former President Donald Trump.
“It is entirely possible that Donald Trump himself was the source of the email messages that he released to the public,” Kasowitz wrote.
“If so, his lawyer, Marc Kaso, is not entitled to a lawyer’s fee, attorney fees, or court costs,” Kasowson added.
“His attorney has no legal status, nor does his lawyer have any obligation to represent Mr. Trump in any future litigation.”
The letter comes as Trump has repeatedly called for the Senate to investigate the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Moscow, as well as its potential involvement in the 2016 election.
The letter was also signed by Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and the president’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.
It is unclear what Trump Jr may have said to Veselnipkaya.
The email chain included a series of messages that included Veselniteas offer to “lift” sanctions against Russia and her claims that Trump had asked her to help arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Kasowitz also cited Trump’s assertion in a July 2017 interview with NBC News that the president asked him to meet Veselnites offer for information about Trump’s campaign.
In that interview, Trump also said that he would not want to meet the Russian leader.
“The president doesn’t want to have to meet this guy, this person,” Trump said, according to the NBC News transcript.