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PoliticsSenate panel obtains records for Trump Jr.'s blocked calls

04:05  02 february  2019
04:05  02 february  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Donald Trump Jr . has testified privately that he could not recall who called him from blocked numbers around the time of a 2016 meeting with CNN first reported that the Senate Intelligence Committee had obtained the new phone records , and ABC News first reported the names of the Trump family

Senate investigators have obtained new information showing Donald Trump Jr .' s mysterious phone calls ahead of the Trump Jr .’ s phone calls involving blocked numbers — meaning the numbers are private and do not appear in the phone records — have been a lingering issue as investigators have

Senate panel obtains records for Trump Jr.'s blocked calls© The Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, Donald Trump Jr., center, and Kimberly Guilfoyle, right, depart following the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington. Senate investigators have evidence revealing the identities behind two mysterious phone calls that Donald Trump Jr. had with blocked numbers during the 2016 presidential campaign, just days before he met with a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. According to phone records provided to Congress, Trump Jr. spoke to Howard Lorber, a New York real estate executive, and Brian France, the former chairman of NASCAR, two people familiar with the records told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON — Senate investigators have evidence revealing the identities behind mysterious phone calls that Donald Trump Jr. had with blocked numbers during the 2016 presidential campaign, just days before he met with a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

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After calling the blocked number, Trump Jr . called back Agalarov. He told the committee that he did not believe Democrats have urged Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, to Asked about a subpoena for Trump Jr .' s records , Grassley said he put out the transcripts in the

The Senate Intelligence Committee obtained phone records showing Donald Trump Jr . did not speak with his father from a blocked telephone number Phone records provided to the Senate Intelligence panel shows the calls were between Trump Jr . and two business associates, according to CNN.

Democrats have speculated that Trump Jr. was talking to his father, who has denied knowing anything about the controversial Trump Tower meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya. But according to phone records provided to Congress, Trump Jr. spoke to Howard Lorber, a New York real estate executive, and Brian France, the former chairman of NASCAR, two people familiar with the records told The Associated Press.

The people asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

While the records shed new light on Trump Jr.'s calls, Democrats have said Trump could still have found out about the meeting. Trump and his son, along with other administration officials, have said he didn't know about it.

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Trump Jr . first said the meeting was about U. S . - Russia adoption policies but that changed after the New York Times inquired about emails that showed the meeting was set up with the promise of obtaining "dirt" on Clinton. Trump Jr .' s phone calls became a focus due to the mysteriously blocked

Senate investigators obtained information that Donald Trump Jr .’ s phone calls to a blocked number ahead of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians offering dirt on Hillary Clinton were not to his father, CNN reported Thursday, citing a trio of sources. Records provided to the Senate Intelligence

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the election, has zeroed in on the Trump Tower meeting and how much Trump knew about it. Mueller is also interested in the White House response to the meeting once it became public.

The White House has said the president was involved in drafting an early statement saying the meeting primarily concerned a Russian adoption program, but emails later released by Trump Jr. showed he enthusiastically agreed to the sit-down with Veselnitskaya and others after he was promised damaging information on Clinton, his father's rival. Trump Jr. later said the promised material never materialized.

Democrats have pushed for more information about the communications between President Trump and his son related to the June 2016 meeting. According to phone records he provided to Congress, Trump Jr. had calls with two blocked numbers several days before the meeting took place, in between and after other calls he made as he organized the meeting. He said during closed-door testimony that he didn't recall with whom he had those conversations.

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Trump Jr . testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee that he could not recall who was on the other end of the blocked numbers. In other words, the left was really hoping this would be the proof that Trump Jr . had involved his father in the meeting. Trump Jr . was quick to highlight the story and take

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He also had another conversation with a blocked number after the meeting; it was not immediately clear if that call also was with Lorber or France.

Lorber is a longtime friend of Trump's who fundraised for him during the 2016 campaign and also traveled with him to Moscow in 1996 to scout out real estate projects, according to an article in The New Yorker at the time. Neither Lorber nor representatives for his company, Vector Group Ltd., responded to messages.

A spokesperson for NASCAR said France was unavailable and a lawyer for France did not return a request for comment.

The Senate records were first reported by CNN and ABC News. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said in response to the reports that they will still seek to obtain the records, along with other materials.

The House panel, then led by Republican allies of the president, closed its Russia investigation last year, saying there was no evidence of conspiracy between Russia and the campaign; the Senate investigation is still ongoing.

"Those conversations could have taken place over the phone or they could have taken place by Don Jr. walking down the hall to talk to dad," Schiff said on MSNBC. "But it's key to understanding the president's involvement in all of this."

Trump Jr. spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017 behind closed doors. In a transcript of that interview later released by that committee, Trump Jr. said he didn't remember whom he had called. He also said he didn't know if his father used a blocked number.

The president's son was also interviewed by the House intelligence panel in December 2017. In that interview, Trump Jr. said he didn't tell his father about the meeting when it happened and he declined to elaborate on what he ultimately told him after the meeting became public.

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Associated Press writers Chad Day in Washington and Jenna Fryer in Charlotte, North Carolina, contributed to this report.

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