Special Counsel Robert Mueller has requested an interview with Russian pop star Emin Agalarov. Now, why would he do that? It seems, Agalarov helped set up the now infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between top Trump campaign members and the Russians.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has had his eyes set upon this surprising individual. Emin Agalarov is, indeed, a Russian pop star, but he is also the son of Russia oligarch, Aras Agalarov. Although the billionaire has been closely connected to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, it appeared that the Mueller probe was only interested in his son.
The younger Agalarov’s attorney, Scott Balber, did not discuss the musician’s father. The attorney emailed:
‘Conversations are ongoing about a potential interview. Unclear how this will play out.’
Donald Trump Sr. met the young musician in 2013 and was even in one of Emin Agalarov’s music videos. The Agalarovs worked with the Trump Organization to host the 2013 Miss America pageant in Moscow.
It appears, that the Russian musician set the Trump Tower event in motion when he told a middle man, Rob Goldstone, Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya said that she had “information that would incriminate” Hillary Clinton and wanted a meeting. Then, Goldstone emailed the younger Trump in early June of 2016.
Trump in his video:
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) August 2, 2018
HBO’s VICE News Tonight did an interview with the musician. In that interview, he said that he and the president’s eldest son in fact did talk prior to the meeting:
‘I said, “Listen there’s some people that want to meet you. ‘They obviously want something that could potentially help them resolve things that you could be interested in or maybe not. If you can spare a few minutes of your time, I’d be grateful. If not, no problem.” Obviously Don Jr., obviously being Don Jr., said: “Of course. I’ll do it if you’re asking.”‘
According to NBC, those in attendance at Trump Tower just days later were:
‘Donald Trump Jr.; Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and now senior adviser; Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager at the time; a Kremlin-linked lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya; and others, according to congressional testimony. Also at the meeting was Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin and Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze, an Agalarov employee.’
Veselnitskaya has spoken about what happened during the meeting between the Russians’ and the core Trump campaign leaders’ meetings to NBC. She verified that Emin Agalarov was vital to setting up the meeting at Trump tower. Up until the meeting, she said she had never met Don Jr.
The Russian attorney, who also has had close tied with Putin, claimed that once they arrived at the meeting, she tried to get the Trumps to lift the Magnitsky Act. This legislation cut deeply into the finances of Putin’s friends, a circle of wealthy Russians.
Donald Trump, Jr. has had a poor memory regarding activities surrounding the infamous Russia meeting. He could not remember who he telephoned during and after the meeting.
He cannot even recall whether he talked to Agalarov about that meeting. However, the U.S. president’s eldest son said he wanted to meet with Veselnitskaya and friends, because she told him they had dirt on Clinton. He added that the Clinton information never came to fruition.
Last June, Agalarov put out a music video that seemed to make fun of the Mueller probe. He even employed impersonators to play Trump and Clinton.
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