Spain Gave FBI Damning Recordings, Says ‘Trump’s Son Should Be Concerned’

Thanks to investigators in Spain, the FBI has obtained some pretty damning recordings that, If Donald Trump Jr. has anything even mildly resembling a brain underneath his greasy hair, he should be very worried about.

The recordings are secret wiretaps collected by Spanish police of  Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of Russia’s Central Bank  — a man who has forged strong connections with numerous Republican lawmakers and the National Rifle Association. While this part alone should make Republicans uncomfortable in general, other details should have Trump Jr. shaking in his boots.

“Just a few months ago, the wiretaps of these telephone conversations were given to the FBI,” said Spanish special prosecutor, José Grinda Gonzalez, speaking at the Hudson Institute on Friday. “Mr. Trump’s son should be concerned.”

Why should he be concerned? Yahoo News reports:

The comments by Grinda were the first clear sign that the FBI may be investigating Torshin, possibly as a part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Torshin — a close political ally of Vladimir Putin — had multiple contacts with conservative activists in the United States during the election, seeking to set up a summit between the Russian president and then candidate Trump. Although the summit never transpired, Torshin did meet briefly with the president’s son at a private dinner in Louisville during the May 2016 annual convention of the NRA. A member of the NRA since 2012, Torshin has been a regular attendee of the group’s conventionsin recentyears and hosted senior members of the group in Moscow.

Grinda said that the FBI, in its request for the evidence to the Guardia Civil, the Spanish National Police, provided no explanation as to why it was interested in the material and he didn’t ask for one. “I don’t have to ask them why they want this information,” he said. But Grinda added that if Mueller or any other U.S. prosecutor seeks to use the material as part of a court case, they would have to make a second, more formal request to do so to the Spanish government.

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Despite the suspicions about his ties to Russian money laundering, Torshin continued to travel frequently to the United States and even showed up as part of a Russian delegation in February 2017 to the National Prayer Breakfast, where he was at one point scheduled to meet with President Trump. (The meeting was canceled the night before, after National Security Council officials raised concerns about it.) More recently, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden sent multiple letters to the NRA asking about its ties to Torshin and other Russian figures, questioning whether Russian money was funneled to the NRA to help pay for the more than $30 million the group spent on political ads and get out the vote efforts during the 2016 election.

Specific details about what is in the records are scarce, but if the Spanish special prosecutor says Trump Jr. should be worried, he should be very worried.