Records show Trump Jr's calls ahead of Trump Tower meeting weren't with father: report

Senate investigators have reportedly obtained records showing that Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report MORE's phone calls ahead of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting were not with his father, as Democrats have long suspected.

CNN reported Thursday citing three sources with knowledge of the matter that records obtained by the Senate Intelligence Committee show Trump Jr. was speaking with two business associates.

The network said it had not confirmed the identity of the associates or the content of the calls. The associates were not named in the report, which said the information about the blocked number emerged recently.


Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrHoekstra emerges as favorite for top intelligence post Trump casts uncertainty over top intelligence role Trump withdraws Ratcliffe as Intelligence pick MORE (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerLawmakers sound alarm on China's disinformation campaign in Hong Kong Facebook users in lawsuit say company failed to warn them of known risks before 2018 breach New intel chief inherits host of challenges MORE (D-Va.) both declined to comment on CNN's report to The Hill.

Democrats have long suspected that Trump Jr. had been on the phone with then-candidate Donald Trump before the meeting with Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump allies say A$AP Rocky was supposed to thank him but his team stopped 'returning our text messages': report President tweets 'few work harder' than Ivanka, Jared PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' MORE, then-campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortEx-Trump campaign aide Rick Gates testifies against former Obama counsel Gregory Craig Trial of ex-Obama White House counsel suddenly postponed Top Mueller probe prosecutor to join Georgetown Law as lecturer MORE and a Russian lawyer promising compromising information on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump takes aim at media after 'hereby' ordering US businesses out of China Trump knocks news of CNN hiring ex-FBI official McCabe Taylor Swift says Trump is 'gaslighting the American public' MORE.

CNN reported that the records obtained by the Senate panel could provide some answers to the question of whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE himself had any advance knowledge of the meeting at Trump Tower.

Those involved in the meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya have said it did not bear fruit related to dirt on Clinton, Trump's then-Democratic rival, and instead largely centered on American adoptions of Russian children.

Veselnitskaya was charged with an attempt to block a federal investigation into money laundering in an unrelated case earlier this month.

CNN reported that it was unclear if special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE had obtained the phone records showing the identity of the private numbers.

The Trump Tower meeting has been a focus of Mueller's sprawling probe into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.