Man Behind Russia Trump Tower Meeting Cooperating With Mueller: Report
Citing several sources familiar with the matter, NBC News reported Friday that British publicist Rob Goldstone, who helped set up the now infamous meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a group of Russian operatives at Trump Tower in June 2016, has been communicating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office and is cooperating with the investigation into the Russian election interference.
Goldstone is a long-time friend and associate of Donald Trump and his children. He’s also well connected in Russian entertainment circles. His Russian pop-star client, Emin Agalarov, is the son of Putin-controlled oligarch Eras Agalarov, the man who helped finance the staging of Trump’s Miss Universe pageant to Moscow in 2013.
According to the report, Goldstone, on behalf of Emin and Aras Agalarov, initially reached out to Donald Trump, Jr. to arrange the meeting to discuss dirt the Russian government said they had on Hillary Clinton.
In an email that later became public, Goldstone wrote to Trump Jr. that “the Crown prosecutor of Russia … offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and would be very useful to your father.”
“Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting. The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin…”
In reply to Goldstone’s email, Trump Jr. wrote:
“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”
Trump Jr. then hosted the Russians alongside Paul Manafort, then Trump’s campaign chairman, and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and adviser. The Russian delegation included Natalia Veselnitskaya, Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze, and Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist engaged in trying to lift Obama administration sanctions on Russia and Russian entities.
This email exchange, and the subsequent meeting held weeks later, showed for the first time that the Trump campaign was, in fact, working with Russian officials, despite constant denials all along by everyone involved, up to and including the president.