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Trump’s Russian business ally claims no links to Trump Jr. as scandal grows

Washington Post [1]
July 13, 2017

 President Trump’s onetime Russian business partner sought Wednesday to distance himself from political fallout as the Trump administration struggles with a growing scandal over an apparent attempt to seek Russian-brokered election dirt.

Aras Agalarov — whose name was mentioned in email exchanges with Donald Trump Jr. — insisted he did not know Trump Jr. or the music promoter who set up the 2016 meeting between Trump’s eldest son and a Russian lawyer allegedly promising compromising information on campaign rival Hillary Clinton.

Agalarov told a Moscow radio station that it was his son, Emin, a Russian pop star, who developed ties with Trump Jr. when the Agalarov family helped bring Trump’s Miss Universe pageant to Moscow in 2013.

Agalarov further denied knowing the music producer, Rob Goldstone, who was key in setting up the meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and a high-level Trump election team including Trump Jr., then-campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is now a top White House adviser.

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