Russian Connected to Trump Tower Meeting Set Up American Shell Company a Month Before Meeting
Information about the Trump Tower meeting, which occurred back in June of 2016, continues to leak out. The meeting, in which Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner met with Russians promising dirt on Hillary Clinton, is a key part of Robert Mueller’s investigation.
The Guardian is reporting that Aras Agalarov, a Russian businessman connected to Vladimir Putin, had set up an American shell company a month before the meeting. The aim of the company was to funnel $20 million dollars into the US around the time of the 2016 elections.
Agalarov’s son, Emin, had reached out to Trump Jr. through music publicist Rob Goldstone. It is thought that this meeting was made at the behest of his father.
This shell company, set up by Agalarov’s Russian-born accountant represents a new financial tie between Russian Oligarchs and the meeting which Trump Jr. initially claimed was about Russian adoptions.
Aras Agalarov’s attorney claims that the company was “created to handle certain investment projects which never materialized.”
The attorney, Scott Balber, continues, “For the avoidance of any doubt, no Mr. Agalarov has not used his accountant – or anyone else – to commit any wrongdoing and no Mr. Agalarov has not used the money you referenced – or any other money – to fund any activity relating to the US election.”
Despite his denials, Agalarov has been tied to Trump since meeting him in Russia in 2013. Shortly after meeting, “Aras acted as a liaison between the heads of state, delivering a gift to Trump from Russian President Vladimir Putin after he later cancelled a planned meeting before the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.”
Agalarov is also a developer who specializes in branding and has been referred to as the “Trump of Russia”.
This new information represents just another piece of information Robert Mueller has to untangle in his investigation. There are reports that Mueller will be revealing his report soon.