Meet the Publicist Behind Donald Trump Jr.'s Email Controversy
Rob Goldstone is a 57-year-old publicist with ties to Russia.
More is being learned about the man who wrote those explosive emails to Donald Trump Jr. in an alleged effort to get dirt on Hillary Clinton during last year’s campaign.
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Rob Goldstone is a 57-year-old British publicist with ties to Russia.
In June 2016, Goldstone wrote to Donald Jr., offering documents 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," Goldstone wrote in an email to Trump’s eldest child.
Trump Jr. replied back: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” according to the emails, obtained by The New York Times and later released by Trump Jr. himself.
Days later, Trump again wrote Goldstone, agreeing to the meeting and said he wanted to bring along then-campaign manager Paul Manafort and his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, now a top advisor to the president.
The New York Times also obtained a screenshot of Goldstone’s Facebook page, showing that he checked into Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, the day of the gathering, with the status: “Preparing for meeting.”
According The Times, in an email to Trump Jr.,Goldstone claimed that Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov and his son, Emin, offered to provide the supposedly incriminating information about Clinton to the Trump campaign
The president's business links with the Agalarovs date back to the 2013 Miss Universe pageant held in Moscow. The contest was sponsored by Agalarov, who is sometimes referred to as the "Russian Donald Trump."
Agalarov is also said to be tight with the country's leader's Vladimir Putin.
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Emin is a pop singer who performed at the pageant and he had become friendly with Donald Jr.
Inside Edition cameras went behind the scenes at the pageant in 2013.
“An amazing country with, you know, so many friends in Russia and I’m very excited to be here,” Trump said of the trip.
The pageant featured former Spice Girl Mel B as one of its hosts, and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler among the judges. Goldstone, the author of those explosive emails, was also a judge.
Trump kept up his connection with the Algarovs after the pageant, even planning to build a Trump Tower in Moscow together. As a favor to Emin, Trump had some of the Miss Universe pageant contestants appear in a music video, which he also appeared in.
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