Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are preparing to issue a subpoena as soon as Thursday to obtain phone records linked to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer, two sources familiar with the matter tell The Hill.
The subpoena will be the first order Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth Jan. 6 panel releases contempt report on Trump DOJ official ahead of censure vote The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress back MORE (D-Calif.) will issue as committee chairman, and the process of preparing the order came one day after the committee became formally constituted.
Details about the specifics of the subpoena remain unclear, but the order goes to the heart of the committee’s plan to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The Trump Tower meeting in particular has come under scrutiny after Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpCourt orders release of some redacted passages of Mueller report How Trump uses fundraising emails to remain undisputed leader of the GOP Donald Trump Jr. joins Cameo MORE, the president's son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerBiden celebrates start of Hanukkah Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report Watchdog finds no money has flowed out of agency tasked by Trump admin to fight pandemic MORE and then-White House campaign manager Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Yellen should utilize the resources available before pushing new regulations Huawei paid Tony Podesta 0K for White House lobbying MORE met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer during the 2016 election in an effort to obtain dirt on the Clinton campaign.
For months, questions have swirled about who Trump Jr. talked to on a blocked number ahead of the meeting.
CNN reported earlier this month that Senate investigators have learned that Trump Jr.’s phone calls were not made to his father.
Sources told the outlet the Senate Intelligence Committee had received records that Trump Jr. talked to two of his business associates in that phone call.
A spokesperson for the committee declined to comment.
The subpoena will be the first of what is expected to be many as Democrats on the panel scrutinize whether foreign actors have sought to gain leverage or even influence President TrumpDonald TrumpMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 Trump endorses David Perdue in Georgia's governor race MORE and those in his inner circle, according to the parameters of the probe Schiff laid out Wednesday.