Emin Agalarov, son of a Russian real estate developer that has ties to Donald Trump, had requested a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. in 2016. The premise of the meeting would be that the “Crown prosecutor of Russia … offered to provide the Trump Campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia” (p. 110). The communication was done via Robert Goldstone, “...a music and events promoter who represented Emin Agalarov from approximately late 2012 until late 2016. While representing Emin Agalarov, Goldstone facilitated the ongoing contact between the Trumps and the Agalarovs-including an invitation that Trump sent to Putin to attend the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow” (P. 111).
Email from Goldstone to Trump Jr. (P.113):
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 Hilary 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.
What do you think is the best way to handle this information ad would you be able to speak to Emin about it directly?
I can also send this Info to your father via Rhona, but it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send to you first.
Emin Agalorov’s father is Aras Agalarov, “a Russian real-estate developer with ties to Putin and other members of the Russian government, including Russia ‘s Prosecutor General, Yuri Chaika. Aras Agalarov is the president of the Crocus Group, a Russian enterprise that holds substantial Russian government construction contracts and that– as discussed above , Volume I, Section IV.A.I, supra –worked with Trump in connection with the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and a potential Trump Moscow real-estate project. The relationship continued over time, as the parties pursued the Trump Moscow project in 2013-2014 and exchanged gifts and letters in 2016. For example, in April 2016 , Trump responded to a letter from Aras Agalarov with a handwritten note. Aras Agalarov expressed interest in Trump’s campaign, passed on “congratulations” for winning in the primary and-according to one email drafted by Goldstone-an “offer” of his “support and that of many of his important Russian friends and colleagues[,] especially with reference to U.S./Russian relations” (p.110-111).
Agalarov was not at the meeting, but Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya was. “From approximately 1998 until 2001, Veselnitskaya worked as a prosecutor for the Central Administrative District of the Russian Prosecutor’s Office, and she continued to perform government-related work and maintain ties to the Russian government following her departure. She lobbied and testified about the Magnitsky Act, which imposed financial sanctions and travel restrictions on Russian officials and which was named for a Russian tax specialist who exposed a fraud and later died in a Russian prison. Putin called the statute “a purely political , unfriendly act,” and Russia responded by barring a list of current and former U.S. officials from entering Russia and by halting the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens. Veselnitskaya performed legal work for Denis Katsyv, the son of Russian businessman Peter Katsyv, and for his company Prevezon Holdings Ltd., which was a defendant in a civil-forfeiture action alleging the laundering of proceeds from the fraud exposed by Magnitsky. She also appears to have been involved in an April 2016 approach to a U.S. congressional delegation in Moscow offering “confidential information ” from “the Prosecutor General of Russia ” about “interactions between certain political forces in our two countries” (112-113).
Michael Cohen recalled being in Donald J. Trump ‘s office on June 6 or 7 when Trump Jr. told his father that a meeting to obtain adverse information about Clinton was going forward. Cohen did not recall Trump Jr. stating that the meeting was connected to Russia. From the tenor of the conversation, Cohen believed that Trump Jr. had previously discussed the meeting with his father, although Cohen was not involved in any such conversation. In an interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee , however , Trump Jr. stated that he did not inform his father about the emails or the upcoming meeting. Similarly, neither Manafort nor Kushner recalled anyone informing candidate Trump of the meeting , including Trump Jr. President Trump has stated to this Office, in written answers to questions, that he has “no recollection of learning at the time ” that his son, Manafort, or “Kushner was considering participating in a meeting in June 2016 concerning potentially negative information about Hillary Clinton” (p. 115-116).