Top Intel Dem warns Trump Jr.: We have more intel than what public knows

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father Erik Prince says meeting with Russian banker unrelated to Trump campaign MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said the committee has much more information about the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election than what has been reported publicly. 

"There's an awful lot more [intelligence] than that's even in the public domain," Schiff said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." 

 

 

Schiff's comments came in response to a tweet from Donald Trump Jr., who slammed Democrats and the media for "desperation" for covering a meeting he had in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer with Kremlin ties who promised him compromising information on Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE's campaign.

Schiff dismissed Trump Jr.'s claims, saying he continues to have "evolving accounts." 

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"But of course, the evolving accounts from Don Jr. don't inspire a lot of confidence for someone who was very adamant: never had any one of these meetings, never had any kind of help or offers of help," the California lawmaker said. 

"This is preposterous. He was making the same argument before. Of course, he's had to evolve his story many times since then. I'm sure it'll evolve many times in the future, so I don't give that a whole lot of credit." 

Trump Jr. met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 at Trump Tower after she promised to provide damaging information on Clinton, The New York Times reported Monday. Paul Manafort, President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE's campaign chairman at the time, and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law who is now a senior White House adviser, also attended the meeting.

Trump Jr. said that he did not receive any compromising information about Clinton.

“Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information,” Trump Jr. said in a statement.

He has also downplayed the meeting on Twitter Monday, saying he is not the first person to seek damaging information on a political opponent. 

The Kremlin denied knowledge of the meeting or any connection to Veselnitskaya on Monday.