Ex-tabloid reporter who set up Don Jr’s meeting with Russian lawyer announced he was there via Facebook
The former tabloid reporter who helped set up the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-linked attorney checked in to that same meeting on Facebook.
Rob Goldstone, a publicist and former British tabloid reporter, sent an email during the presidential campaign notifying the Republican candidate’s son that the Russian government was the source of damaging information about Hillary Clinton, reported the New York Times.
Trump Jr. met with Russian attorney Natalya Veselnitskaya along with brother-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort on June 9, 2016.
The president’s son has said Veselnitskaya did not provide the promised information but instead complained about a U.S. law imposing sanctions on human rights abusers she represented.
Goldstone said he set up the meeting at the request of a Moscow-based client, singer-songwriter-businessman Emin Agalarov, and he checked in for the meeting at Trump Tower on his personal Facebook page — which remained public as the Times broke developments in the story three days in a row.
A post on his Instagram account shows Goldstone wearing a shirt that says “Russia” the day after President Donald Trump’s election.
Agalarov and his father, Aras, Agalarov, are real estate developers with close ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin, and the pair were chosen by Donald Trump to host the 2013 Miss Universe pageant he owed at the time.
Trump and the Agalarovs discussed building a tower together in Moscow, and the now-president appeared in one of Emin Agalarov’s music videos.
Rob Goldstone, who set up the Trump Jr. Russia meeting, checked in to Trump Tower on Facebook at 3:57PM, the day of the meeting. pic.twitter.com/VQxKcBd9zq
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) July 11, 2017
Rob Goldstone, the Donald Trump Jr. acquaintance who brokered the meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer, the day after the 2016 US election: pic.twitter.com/20bMLUvDiH
— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) July 9, 2017