For over a year at this point, the Russia scandal has hung over the Trump administration. Despite the president ranting and raving and seeking to undercut it at what feels like every turn, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the scandal is continuing, and it’s not as though there’s a wide expectation that Mueller will cave to presidential pressure to quickly close up shop.
One of the remaining unanswered questions in the whole ordeal is just how involved Donald Trump personally was in some of the questionable activities of his team members. Now, we might be closer than before to an at least partial answer to that question thanks to the revelation of a call Donald Trump Jr. made to a blocked number back in 2016.
That call is reported to have come in between two brief phone conversations that Trump Jr. had with Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, whose family has long been allied to his own. The Agalarovs were behind the 2016 meeting Trump Jr. and other Trump associates had with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who Trump Jr. had been promised had Russian government sourced dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Whether or not the then-presidential candidate Donald Trump was in on the meeting at the time it occurred — and thus personally involved in collusion efforts on the part of his team — is one of the aforementioned remaining unanswered questions.
He has claimed to have had no knowledge of it, but he also claimed to have had no knowledge of hush money his lawyer dished out to adult film star Stormy Daniels despite having repaid it. In other words, him denying something is hardly reason to believe it false.
What is known is that former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has in the past testified that the primary residence used by Donald Trump before moving to the White House had a blocked number.
When pressed during questioning by Congressional members, Trump Jr. deflected both on the issue of whether or not he knows his father to have a blocked number and whether or not, back in early 2016, he called his father while setting up the meeting with Veselnitskaya, simply responding that he did not know to each question.
That piece of information came out this Wednesday in thousands of pages of information released by the Senate Judiciary Committee covering their inquiry into the 2016 meeting in question. Trump Jr. certainly did not offer an emphatic denial when pressed as to whether he’d spoken with his father at about the same time as he’d spoken with Agalarov, although he did at another time apparently deny having brought up the meeting with Veselnitskaya with his father.
Democrats over on the House Intelligence Committee have already raised concerns about the call Trump Jr. made to a blocked number. Top Democrat on the committee Adam Schiff bemoaned the fact that Republicans on his committee refused to follow that line of inquiry and closed up their investigation instead.
The president has praised House Intel Republicans for having molded their investigation more to his liking, maintaining that the overall, continuing probe is a “witch hunt.”
Despite that belligerence from the president, the so-called witches continue to be found out, and the president himself could find himself in that category soon.
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