A significant amount of evidence indicates that President Donald Trump has personal connections to the Russian oligarch who hired a middleman to set up the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. with a Russian lawyer, as per a New York Times bombshell report published this weekend.
Today, music publicist Rob Goldstone told the AP that he arranged the meeting on behalf of pop star Emin Agalarov, the son of Putin-linked Russian-Azerbaijani oligarch Aras Alagarov with whom he brought the Miss Universe Pageant to Moscow’s Crocus Hall in 2013.
Donald Trump Jr.’s shifting stories elevated the report from a bombshell to probable cause that a serious election crime has been admitted. President Trump launched a ten tweet storm this morning and not a single one addressed his son’s misdeeds, which strongly appear to violate federal election law.
This photo proves conclusively that Donald Trump knows Rob Goldstone, the agent to Emin Agalarov who admitted to the Washington Post that he arranged the meeting. (The complete set of photos is below.)
Rob Goldstone publicly posted a cropped copy of the cover photo of this story onto his Facebook page also this selfie the following day, which confirms his personal acquaintance with Donald Trump.
Donald Trump Jr. denied that his father knew about the secret meeting with a Russian agent offering stolen emails, but changed his story about the meeting from one day to the next.
Later, Trump Jr. shockingly admitted that it was “clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting.”
Now, he’s telling the AP that he “had to listen” to the allegations against Clinton, along with the campaign’s other top two officials, one of whom was locked in a heated political battle for convention delegates and dropped everything on the very same day the AP reported that Trump Campaign launched its major fundraising drive, and it was way behind.
Furthermore, Trump Jr. said that the unregistered Russian agent brought up sanctions that Putin wants to be dropped; specifically, those instituted in 2012 when Congress adopted the Magnitsky Act in response to the mysterious death of Russian corruption whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky.
This story is the first major smoking gun that appears to indicate that the Trump Campaign actively colluded with Russia.
It’s illegal for a campaign to knowingly solicit anything of value from a foreign agent, person or government under the FEC Act.
Rob Goldstone is Emin Agalarov’s manager, whose father is the Russian oligarch who arranged Miss Universe Moscow. He was a Miss USA 2013 pageant judge, according to the Las Vegas Sun, and he worked as a judge for the Miss Universe 2017 preliminaries earlier this year.
Donald Trump definitely met Rob Goldstone, and his client Emin Agalarov — with whom he appeared in a music video (below) — and his oligarch father, Aras Agalarov in Las Vegas, where they were featured in photos of themselves working to close the deal to bring Miss Universe 2013 to Moscow along with the event announcement.
Pop star and social media personality Emin Agalarov’s father, Aras, is a Russian oligarch real estate developer nicknamed “the Trump of Russia.” Vladimir Putin gave Aras Agalarov an Order of Honor award right before Miss Universe began in Moscow the next month.
It turns out that the Russian lawyer that Jared Kushner, campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and Donald Trump Jr. met with, Nataliya Veselnitskaya, was already subject of a 2016 criminal complaint about her other activities illegally lobbying Congress and acting as an unregistered foreign agent seeking to influence US policy.
As an unregistered agent of the Russian state, Veselnitskaya could have carried out any number of other covert activities during her time in New York and DC.
These photos prove that both Donald Trump and his personal lawyer Michael D. Cohen both have a personal relationship with Kremlin-linked oligarchs and their agent Rob Goldstone, who set up a meeting to allegedly offer information about “purported illegal campaign contributions to the Democratic National Committee.”
Complete photos of Trump’s June 2013 meeting in Las Vegas to close a deal sending Miss Universe to Moscow:
Rob Goldstone checked into the Trump Organization on June 9th, 2016 during the meeting he arranged with Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer.
Here’s the music video in which Donald Trump appeared with Emin Agalarov, which ironically, dramatically portrays the meeting which both men had just attended, shown in photos above:
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