For the past two weeks, it seems as though the headlines in newspapers around the world have focused on a June 9, 2016 meeting which took place between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, Rob Goldstone, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Russian lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, and translator Anatoli Samochornov. While the 8th person who attended this meeting is still unknown to the public, there are reports which say that this other individual was a representative of the billion dollar Agalarov family in Russia.
Now an explosive report from self-proclaimed “Russian Insider” Louise Mensch claims that an audio recording exists of this meeting which took place.
For those unfamiliar with Five Eyes, it is an intelligence alliance that includes the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. It is basically a means for the various similarly governed countries to legally exchange intel information with one another. According to Mensch’s sources, British Intelligence at GCHQ hold at least one set of these recordings.
While Mensch’s sources have not confirmed if the recordings are in the hands of U.S. intel agencies, it can be assumed that if they truly do exist, then they have been handed over to proper agencies in America. The laws that govern the collection, retrieval and exchange of intel, specifically of US citizens, are very strict, but since there were Russians at the meeting, any conversations which were collected can be deemed legal by American standards. As Mensch reports, the smartphones of the Russians on hand were bugged, meaning any collection of conversations which U.S. citizens took part in would be considered “incidental collection”.
While there is no official confirmation of these recordings existing, if in fact it was believed that potentially illegal conversations were taking place by the Russians involved, there is no reason to doubt that devices were bugged — and no, not illegally by President Obama at the time, like Trump and his supporters love to claim. This would be completely legal surveillance.