The top Democrat on the U.S. House intelligence committee says Donald Trump Jr.’s appearance before another congressional panel “raises more questions than it answers.”
Trump Jr. sat for more than five hours Thursday for a private interview with the Senate judiciary committee.
Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, said Trump Jr.’s statement leaves a different impression about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower than his initial statements did.
Schiff says the new statement makes clear that Trump Jr. viewed as significant the chance of receiving negative information about Hillary Clinton. And Schiff says the fact that Trump Jr. says he recognized that he should consult a lawyer means he knew there were questions about whether the meeting was proper.
Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump’s eldest son told the committee he was open to receiving information about Clinton’s “fitness, character or qualifications” in a meeting with a Russian lawyer last year.
However, Trump Jr. insisted that neither he nor anyone else he knows colluded with any foreign government during the presidential campaign.
His description of a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, delivered in an opening statement at the outset of a closed-door Senate judiciary committee interview, provided his most detailed account of an encounter that has attracted the attention of congressional investigators and special counsel Robert Mueller.
After his appearance, Trump Jr. released a statement saying he answered all of the committee’s questions.
“I trust this interview fully satisfied their inquiry,” he said. It wasn’t clear if that meant that he would decline to appear for a public hearing before the committee.
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Multiple congressional committees and Mueller’s team of prosecutors are investigating whether the Trump campaign co-ordinated with Russia to influence the outcome of the election.
A grand jury used by Mueller as part of his investigation has already heard testimony about the meeting, which besides Trump Jr., included the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his then campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.
In Thursday’s prepared remarks, which were obtained by The Associated Press, Trump Jr. sought to explain emails he released two months ago that showed him agreeing to the meeting, which had…