‘s attorney appears to have tried to coordinate accounts with another participant who also attended the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with ‘s eldest son, encouraging music promoter Rob Goldstone to release a statement he drafted defending his client’s account.
Goldman said Trump Jr.’s attorneys, Alan Futerfas and Alan Garten, interviewed him about his memory of the Trump Tower meeting.
“They called and asked me if I could help them understand my recollection of the meeting, which I did,” Goldstone told Senate investigators, according to a transcript of his December interview.
Futerfas also sent Goldstone a proposed statement, which encouraged him to run with the remarks if he felt “comfortable,” according to exhibits posted by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Goldstone then shared the statement with Ike Kaveladze, a U.S.-based employee of Emin and Aras Agalarov, who also attended the meeting. Emin Agalarov, Goldstone’s client, worked with Trump to bring the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow in 2013.
“Here is statement drafted by Trump lawyers which they have asked me to release,” Goldstone wrote in an email on July 10 to Kaveladze, just two days after The New York Times first reported the meeting.
Futerfas suggested that if Goldstone was comfortable with their plan to release the statement and then not say anything more on the matter publicly, that would be his “preference.”
“Please consider the following as a statement. Please note that there will always be potential follow-up questions to any statement but if you feel comfortable with this statement and are comfortable saying nothing more, at least for the time being, that would be our preference. Again, any statement should be accurate as to your very best recollection,” Futerfas wrote in an email to Goldstone.
Goldstone, who had asked Emin Agalarov to review the statement in an email, was told to coordinate to coordinate with Kaveladze about any draft statements, according to the transcripts.
The statement largely defended Trump Jr.’s initial account of the meeting where he – as well as Trump’s son-in-law and former Trump campaign chairman – met with a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, to press the case for repealing a U.S. sanctions law that had led the Kremlin to ban Americans from adopting children from Russia.
Goldstone told Senate investigators during his December interview that he did not release Futerfas’s statement, calling it “ludicrous.”
“It just sounded like an across-the-board endorsement of Mr. Trump Jr., as opposed to stating facts,” he said, while telling Senate investigators that the did “not necessarily” believe there were inaccuracies about the statement.
When Senate investigators asked why Goldstone asked to see Trump Jr.’s statement before he’d drafted his own, the publicist said he thought it would be useful if he knew “what they had put out, the style, the type.”
Trump Jr. has said the meeting was a waste of time. He agreed to the meeting under the belief that he was receiving political dirt on his father’s opponent, Democratic presidential nominee . Goldstone initiated
“As the person who arranged the meeting, I can definitively state that the statements I have read by Donald Trump Jr. are 100 percent accurate,” the statement for Goldstone reads in part.
“The meeting was a complete waste of time and Don was never told Ms. Veselnitskaya’s name prior to the meeting. Ms. Veselnitskaya mostly talked about the Magnitsky Act and Russian adoption laws and the meeting lasted 20 to 30 minutes at most. There was never any follow up and nothing ever came of the meeting.”
At one point after the press got wind of the meeting, Goldstone also sent a text to Agalarov, saying that he had “just got off phone with Trump lawyers and they would like us to have a blanket ‘no comment’ for now.” He told investigators that since he didn’t have “any attorneys or any where to turn” at the time, he called Trump Jr.’s lawyers since they were read in on the situation.
Other exhibits released by the Senate committee on Wednesday also reveal a back-and-forth coordination with Trump’s attorneys and the other Trump officials.
, then incoming-White House communications director, also emailed Goldstone in July 23 about the need to remain consistent on messaging.
“I don’t officially start,” Scaramucci began in the subject line, “until the 15th, Rob.”
“But I just wanted to drop you a line to say if you ever need to pick my brains then my door is always open. Obviously there is still pressure on all sides, but if we remain consistent and united I don’t envisage any issues we can’t ride out,” he continued.
Futerfas did not immediately return a request for comment.
Updated at 1:34 p.m.