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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

A new report from Yahoo News finds the FBI has records of a conversation involving a Russian official who went on to meet with President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a Spanish prosecutor. The prosecutor, José Grinda, said of the evidence that Trump Jr. “should be concerned,” according to the report.

Yahoo News reports that the revelation emerged during a talk at the conservative think tank Hudson Institute. Grinda said that the FBI requested the records of the Spanish police’s wiretaps of Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of Russia’s central bank, who spoke with the Russian criminal Alexander Romanov. According to the report, this conversation, of which the bureau now has a transcrpt, led to a meeting between Trump Jr. and Torshin in May 2016 at a National Rifle Association meeting.

Torshin is reportedly an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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The article describes the meeting between Trump Jr. and Torshin as a brief, private dinner. No further details are provided of the meeting or the transcripts, and neither special counsel Robert Mueller’s office not Donald Trump Jr.’s attorney provided comment for the article.

Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.

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