Dem questions whether Trump knew of son's meeting with Russian lawyer

Dem questions whether Trump knew of son's meeting with Russian lawyer
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Lobbying world MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday questioned whether President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE knew of his eldest son's meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016, after Donald Trump Jr. issued a new statement following his testimony before a Senate panel Thursday.

"This statement contains a notable omission in that is no longer mentions that President Trump 'knew nothing of the meeting or these events,' raising questions about whether then-candidate Trump was in fact knowledgable about the meeting in advance, and whether it formed the basis of his contemporaneous public promise of derogatory information about Secretary Clinton," Schiff said in a statement. 

However, The Associated Press reported that Trump Jr. told staff on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that he didn't inform his father about the 2016 meeting.

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Schiff serves as the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during last year's campaign.

The New York Times reported in July that Trump Jr. agreed to take part in a meeting at Trump Tower with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, after he was promised negative information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Shontel Brown gaining ground against Nina Turner in Ohio: poll Biden hits trail for McAuliffe in test of his political brand MORE

Schiff's comments Thursday came after Trump Jr. released a statement saying he believes the five-hour interview he gave the Senate Judiciary Committee "satisfied" investigators' inquiry into the June 2016 meeting. 

The White House has vehemently defended the younger Trump after news of the meeting broke in July. 

The president's lawyer Jay Sekulow said earlier this summer that the president was unaware of the meeting. 

But the president reportedly drafted the original statement put out by his son earlier this year after news of the meeting broke.