A conversation recorded by Spanish police has Donald Trump Jr. in quite a dilemma. A top Spanish prosecutor said late Friday that the FBI obtained transcripts from the conversation between Putin ally Alexander Torshin, the “deputy governor of Russia’s Central Bank,” and Alexander Romanov, a man convicted of money laundering.
Torshin has “forged close ties with U.S. lawmakers and the National Rifle Association, that led to a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. during the gun lobby’s annual convention in Louisville, Ky., in May 2016,” according to Yahoo.
José Grinda is a Spanish official who runs investigations into organized crime in Spain; He revealed that, on the recording, Torshin referred to Romanov as “El Padrino” or “The Godfather:”
During a speech at The Hudson Institute in Washington recently, Grinda said this in response to a question from Yahoo News:
“Just a few months ago, the wiretaps of these telephone conversations were given to the FBI.”
Grinda was asked if he inquired as to the FBI’s need for the evidence, Grinda said that it was not necessary to ask the FBI what they needed it for, saying: “I don’t have to ask them why they want this information.”
When asked if he was worried about the meetings that occurred between Torshin and the now President of the United States’ son, Donald Trump Jr., Grinda simply said:
“Mr. Trump’s son should be concerned.”
According to Yahoo News:
“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 conventions in recent years and hosted senior members of the group in Moscow.”
The NRA is now allegedly looking further into their connections with Torshin.