Did Trump Jr Just Give Investigators The Perfect Excuse To Trawl Every NSA Intercept? WSJ Says Yes

Tyler Durden's picture

It appears Trump Jr.'s email will do a little more damage than some believe. Despite being "vague and inconclusive," WSJ reports that "during routine tracking of Russian espionage" intel agencies "detected conversations in 2015" in which Russian government officials discussed associates of Donald Trump, according to current and former U.S. officials.

As The Hill reports, American intelligence intercepts recorded members of the Russian government talking about Donald Trump and his allies months before he launched his presidential bid, according to a new report.

The allegations come from a new Wall Street Journal report that describes the 2015 conversations as containing "vague and inconclusive information." According to the report, the intercepted conversations included talk of meetings between Russians and Trump allies.

WSJ admits it isn’t clear which Trump associates or advisers the Russians were referring to, or whether they had any connection to his presidential aspirations, and noted:

The reports on the 2015 conversations weren’t particularly illuminating, the people familiar with them said.


In that respect, the reports in and of themselves weren’t alarming. But they did have officials asking each other, “What’s going on?” one former official said.

The reports were gathered by intelligence agencies that routinely monitor Russian espionage against the U.S. Such efforts can include monitoring phone calls and emails as well as information from informants. The efforts weren’t aimed at Mr. Trump or his associates, these people said.

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So "vague and inconclusive" information that happened months before Trump was even considering running, gathered by "intel agencies that routinely monitor" everything, now appear fair game for both leaks to the media and of course congressional investigators.

In summary - Trump Jr's email has given investigators just the excuse to delve into every and any NSA (clearly the source of the leak) intercept, from as far back as you want to go, in hopes fo finding yet another 'smoking gun'.

While the intelligence community reportedly didn't see the conversations as major revelations, the Journal reports that:

...as with other new revelations in the probes of Russian interference in the election, the Trump Jr. emails enable investigators to look at earlier reports with fresh eyes, and to ask new questions, the current and former officials said.

And a whole new can of potential worms opens up...

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dark fiber's picture

I am beginning to get the feeling that Trump is setting them up for a monumental assfucking.  I don't know why but the more this goes on and the more "evidence" comes to the surface, the more certain I get that this will be an epic clusterfuck, and it will all land on the laps of MSM and the deep state with its cute three letter agencies.

RDouglas's picture

That's hilarious, Trump has proven himself in capable of mustering enough attention span to play a game of checkers, and you think he's playing three-dimensional chess.

artichoke's picture

He already did that, there must be two or three times we've all said *this* humiliation will stop MSM from plying the Russia story.

But they just kept on.  They will keep on regardless of anything.  They have their instructions, and they are able to find any little coincidence and explode it into a "jaw-dropping" big deal.  It is the biggest witch-hunt I have ever heard of, with apologies to the actual people killed because they were accused of being witches in the 1600's.

markar's picture

Has anyone seen Jeff Sessions??

dexter_morgan's picture

On a milk carton for missing people I think........

MuffDiver69's picture

Thing is our media would publish anything on President Trump and not bat an eye.."Judges" are ruling against anything Trump supports without rhyme or reason, just nevertrump...It's an education for those who haven't had their eyes opened..All in all it reveals the police state and many millions will die if they succeed in this illegal coup..The democrats are sitting ducks in their cities...

youshallnotkill's picture

Deep denial much?

At this point it's pretty clear that Putin regarded the US campaign as a Russian/Ukranian proxy war.

He had good reasons to pull no punches when it came to stopping HCR.


ludwigvmises's picture

Donald Jr. has become a liability. A boarding school educated, entitlted little rich kid with a big mouth is NOT helping our cause.

dogismycopilot's picture

Maybe someone fucking with one of his kids will finally force President Trump to wake-the-fuck-up-man. These people mean to strip all of his power from him, disgrace him and then destroy his family. 

What the fuck is he waiting for to press back hard against them? The whites of their eyes pressed up against the presidential limo glass? 

His kids are out of their depth for these rat fuck tricks. He needs to bring back ROGER STONE. Oh what's that, Roger Stone is being SUED BY AN OBAMA FUNDED PAC?

The lawsuit, introduced by “Protect Democracy,” a group run by former Obama administration lawyers, is absurdly alleging that Stone and the Trump campaign somehow conspired with Russia to have their personal information exposed in the trove of Democratic emails and files released by WikiLeaks last year.


And Jeff Sessions - what a fucking loser he's turned out to be. 

dogismycopilot's picture

Roger Stone said it best: no one ever wins playing defense.