Lately, Donald Trump has been working really hard to convince us that there are no “tapes” that show evidence of any collusion between his campaign and Russia. It’s led to the question: what tapes is he talking about, and why is he suddenly denying the existence of said tapes? But now we’re starting to get an answer to that question.
Tonight the U.S. intelligence community revealed to the Wall Street Journal (source) that there are indeed tapes of Russian government officials discussing setting up meetings with numerous associates of Donald Trump – and these tapes date back to before Trump even entered the race. The U.S. captured these conversations during routine surveillance of Russian officials back in early 2015, but the discussions had no proper context at the time.
Now that Donald Trump Jr. has confessed to having met with the Russian government in the summer of 2016 to try to rig the election in his father’s favor, the WSJ says that the U.S. intel community is now going back to those older recordings to see if they can be put in context. No one is confirming which Russian officials were on those tapes or which Trump associates were being discussed. But the timing is a dead giveaway that either the officials or the associates, or both, went on to be involved in the Donald Trump Jr. fiasco.
This all led Congressman Ted Lieu, a frequent critic of Donald Trump, to rub it in by tweeting a link to the WSJ article while adding “There are tapes!” Down Goes Trump is a fast growing political news and opinion site tracking the road to the impeachment and resignation of Donald Trump. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter or post a comment below to continue the discussion. Contact us if you’d like to write for us.