British music publicist Rob Goldstone has broken his silence regarding his role in the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Don Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
During an interview with Philip Sherwell in the Sunday Times of London, Goldstone revealed how he embellished language in an email to Trump Jr.
“I should have listened to that little voice in my head. But I never thought in a million years that an email I wrote in about three minutes to Don Jr. would be examined by the world many times over. I just needed to get him to respond,” Goldstone said.
A former tabloid journalist who is now living in Thailand, Goldstone is the manager for Emin Agalarov, an Azerbaijani-Russian entertainment artist who has boasted of having a close relationship with President Trump.
“If I’m guilty of anything, and I hate the word guilty, it’s hyping the message and going the extra mile for my clients. Using hot-button language to puff up the information I had been given,” Goldstone said. “I didn’t make up the details, I just made them sound more interesting.”
Goldstone, who attended the meeting at Trump Jr.’s request, says Jared Kushner was “furious” that the focus was on the Magnitsky Act rather than dirt on Hillary Clinton, while Paul Manafort seemed to be paying little attention to what was being said.
Goldstone made it sound like the Russian lawyer would have damaging information on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. responded to Goldstone, regarding the meeting.
Goldstone, Trump Jr., White House adviser Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort all attended the meeting in June.
Goldstone now says that he thinks Veselnitskaya pulled a “classic bait-and-switch.” He said she arranged the meeting under the pretext of information about Clinton, but instead discussed the Magnitsky Act, which imposed sanctions on Russia for the death of whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky in 2009.
Goldstone expressed shock that the meeting is now implicated in the Russian probe regarding foreign influence in the election.
Goldstone said he has agreed to meet with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
“I’m keen to talk to them and put my recollection of events in the public record,” Goldstone told the newspaper. “After the story initially broke, it seemed to quiet down for a while. But now it’s back in the news with such force, I feel it’s time for me to explain what happened.”
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