It went highly unnoticed by nearly everyone, but it didn’t get past Adam Schiff.
Donald Trump Jr. testified before a Congressional Committee last week about his role in the infamous June 2016 meeting with Russian officials where he tried to get damaging info on political rival Hillary Clinton. Before his testimony, as is semi-customary, Trump released a prepared summary of his testimony.
Adam Schiff isn’t on that committee and wasn’t present at that testimony, but he was alert enough to catch Junior changing the story in his statement in a way that could have big implications for his father’s chances of getting past this investigation unscathed.
This is the key segment of Adam Schiff’s comment:
“The new statement is significant both in what is included, and what is excluded, when compared to earlier explanations. Although the new statement appears to track almost every line of Trump Jr’s prior comments on Twitter, this statement contains a notable omission, in that it no longer mentions that President Trump ‘knew nothing of the meetings or these events,’ raising questions about whether then-candidate Trump was in fact knowledgeable about the meeting in advance, and whether it formed the basis of his contemporaneous public promise of derogatory information about Secretary Clinton.”
Schiff is pointing out the fact that right before the meeting between Trump Jr. and the Russians, his father went public that he was days away from throwing an event where he would be revealing damaging information about Hillary Clinton. After the Trump Jr./Russia meeting, Donald Trump Sr., of course, never held any such event and he didn’t reveal any such information.
Naturally, this gives the extremely strong impression that Donald Trump was aware, well in advance, that Trump Jr. was about to have a meeting with the Russians to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.
So which is it, Junior?
Did your pops know about the meeting or didn’t he? You’re stories don’t match and it makes it seem an awful lot like he did know about the meeting and about the nature of the meeting, which could mean he’s guilty of colluding with a foreign power to try and swing an election. Also known as, “treason.”