The information provided to the Senate Intelligence Committee shows that the calls were between Trump Jr. and two of his business associates, sources said, and appear to be contrary to many years of democrats' suspicions that the number of then-Donald Tramp candidate was blocked.
The information has recently been released and could answer one of the key issues related to the meeting of Trump's eldest son who put Russian dirt on the Clinton campaign. Telephone calls Trump Jr. which include blocked numbers – meaning that the numbers are private and do not appear in the phone records – have been a long-standing problem because the investigators questioned that meeting and whether Trump himself had advance knowledge through any means that his son, son-in-law Jared Kushner and the then chairman of the campaign, Paul Manafort, met with a Russian lawyer who promised dirt to Hillary Clinton.
CNN did not confirm the identity of the business associates who spoke to Trump Jr. nor about talking about calls. The purpose of the call and their relevance to the meeting of the Trump Tower and the Russian investigation are still unclear. Lawyer Trump Jr. Alan Futerfas refused to comment.
A two-year investigation by the Senate Committee on the Russian election interference in 2016 is still ongoing and it is not known whether the commission is still investigating the issue of Trump Tower. President of the Intelligence Squad, Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, and a Virginia senator, Mark Varner, the main panel's panelist, both declined to comment.
Documents showing that the calls were not with the then candidate Trump could have solved the key line of the investigation that House Democrats said they wanted to reach by the end of this year now that they are a majority party and have control over the investigations.
The Trump Tover meeting in June 2016 was made when Agalarov asked British promoter Rob Goldstone to organize a meeting between Veselnitsky and campaign officials. In Trump Jr.'s e-mail, Goldstone said Veselnitsky would provide Clinton's "dirt" at the meeting. "If that's what you say I like," Trump Jr. replied, although when the meeting took place on June 9, 2016, Veselnitskaya put its presentation on Russian sanctions, not Clinton's dirt.
All participants of the meeting spoke with one or all of the three congressional boards who questioned the meeting.
The president of the Intelligence House, Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, criticized his colleagues from the republican house for not following phone records to determine who Trump Jr is. spoke, wrote last year that "the board did not ask to find out who is called Trump Jr. at this critical time from the blocked number." He promised to be one of his first priorities as chairman.
"We wanted the phone file to determine whether Donald Trump had spoken to his son about this meeting," Schiff told CNN in November. "This is an obvious investigative step, but one that the Republicans did not want to take because they were afraid where the evidence could lead."
The Schif refused to comment through the spokesman for this story.
Democrats had reason to doubt that Trump's private number, since Trump's first campaign manager Corei Levandovski told the commission that Trump's "primary residence is a blocked (telephone) line," the Democrats report in the House Intelligence panel said.
"I said," Look, there are people who want to get to know you. "They obviously want something to help them deal with things that might interest you or maybe not.If you can extract a few minutes of your time, I would be grateful." "If not, there's no problem." Don Jr said: "Of course. I'll do it if you ask, "said Agalarov's jokes.
Kara Scannell from CNN has contributed to this report.