House Democrats to Probe Blocked Number on Donald Trump Jr.’s Phone Records

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee plan to probe the phone records of Donald Trump Jr. to determine who he called on the night he planned the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, USA Today reports. Trump Jr. has denied calling his father or informing him about that meeting, before which he was promised “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. But on that night, he made a phone call to a blocked number that Democrats believe could have been now-President Trump. Later, Trump Jr. changed his story, claiming that he didn’t know who he called that evening.

Republicans, led by Rep. Devin Nunes, declined to probe the phone records when they controlled the committee. “Republicans refused to look at the phone records so that we could find out, because they were afraid of what the answer might be,” Adam Schiff, the California rep who will take control of the panel, told USA Today. Schiff added that he hopes to entice Republicans to cooperate with Democrats during the investigation. “We can’t obviously force them to work with us,” he said. “They’ll have to make the decision for themselves whether they’re interested in finding out the truth or they’re interested in merely being extensions of Rudy Giuliani.”