People are zeroing in on a four-minute mystery call between Donald Trump Jr. and a blocked number.
That discussion took place just days before a controversial June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between top Trump campaign officials and Russians.
Special counsel Robert Mueller could uncover the identity of that caller, one expert said.
Trump Jr. said he did not recall who the call was with, according to closed-door transcripts released Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
There is a four-minute mystery phone call — which took place just prior to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russians — that Donald Trump Jr. claimed he couldn’t remember much of anything about.
Special counsel Robert Mueller, however, could have an easy time finding that information, one expert said in highlighting the mystery call.
That call gained attention Wednesday after the Senate Judiciary Committee released roughly 2,000 pages of documents stemming from closed-door interviews about the controversial Trump Tower meeting, which featured Trump Jr., the indicted campaign manager Paul Manafort, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, and others.
The call took place just three days before the meeting, and happened in between a pair of calls to Emin Agalarov, the Russian pop star and businessman who is connected to President Donald Trump via the Miss Universe pageant he helped put on in Moscow in 2013.
Lawmakers asked Trump Jr. about the first call between Agalarov and Trump Jr., which took place at 4:04 p.m. ET on June 6, 2016. Trump Jr. said he had no recollection of what was discussed. Trump Jr. then had a call with a blocked number roughly 20 minutes later. Minutes after that call, he called Agalarov back. He said he had no recollection of who the call with the blocked number was with, and that he had no recollection of the second call with Agalarov.
4:04 PM: Emin Agalarov calls Don Jr. to discuss Veselnitskaya meeting
4:27: Don. Jr has a four minute call with someone at a blocked number
4:31: Don Jr. calls back Agalarov
He told Senate investigators he didn’t remember who was on that second call pic.twitter.com/12ru1fWAPo
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) May 16, 2018
Some online began to speculate that the blocked number may have belonged to the president.
Trump Jr could not recall with whom he spoke after June 6 phone call w Emin Agalarov ahead of Trump Tower meeting. It was a blocked call.
Q. So you don’t know whether or not this might have been your father?
A . “I don’t.”
Lewandowski told HPSCI that Trump has a blocked number
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 16, 2018
Narrator: “It was his dad” https://t.co/Q3IHWvPcFr
— Jeff Cannata (@jeffcannata) May 16, 2018
One guess who was on that second call… https://t.co/GKOdHs3tOm
— Dan Gillmor (@dangillmor) May 16, 2018
This, to me, has always been the most fascinating unanswered question. There’d be few bigger game-changers than Trump having been aware …read more
Source:: Business Insider