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 TrumpTrump's son attacks LGBT magazine op-ed that calls effort to decriminalize homosexuality 'racist' Gillibrand uses Trump Jr. tweet to fundraise Trump has publicly criticized Russia probe more than 1,100 times: NY Times 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.

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrHarris on election security: 'Russia can't hack a piece of paper' Schiff: Evidence of collusion between Trump campaign, Russia 'pretty compelling' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears MORE (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerTalk grows that Trump will fire Dan Coats Harris on election security: 'Russia can't hack a piece of paper' Schiff: Evidence of collusion between Trump campaign, Russia 'pretty compelling' 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 KushnerFive things to know about Trump confidant Tom Barrack Dems open new front against Trump Dems launch investigation into Trump administration's dealings with Saudi Arabia MORE, then-campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Five things to know about Trump confidant Tom Barrack Trump has publicly criticized Russia probe more than 1,100 times: NY Times MORE and a Russian lawyer promising compromising information on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it Harris adds key Clinton aide, women of color to 2020 campaign: report Democrats more likely Trump's foil, than to foil Trump MORE.

CNN reported that the records obtained by the Senate panel could provide some answers to the question of whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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.