Will Emin sing? Mueller seeks interview with pop star linked to Trump Tower meeting
NBC News reported the claim on Thursday, citing Agalarov’s lawyer Scott Balber. The special counsel office declined to comment.
“Conversations are ongoing” about a potential interview, Balber told the network via email. “Unclear how this will play out.”
Agalarov is said to have helped set up the June 9, 2016 meeting attended by then-candidate Donald Trump’s son, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and campaign manager Paul Manafort. The singer and his producer Rob Goldstone told Trump Jr. that Russians had “information that would incriminate” Hillary Clinton - but when lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin showed up, they talked only about the Magnitsky Act and the Russian ban on foreign adoptions.
Congrats to Emin on finally finding an audience in America https://t.co/QuuIwhR94r— Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) August 2, 2018
Critics of President Trump have pointed to the meeting as proof that his campaign “colluded” with Russia to steal the election from Clinton. Mueller was appointed to investigate the allegations following Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.
Emin’s father, Aras Agalarov, worked with Trump to organize the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. US media have claimed he has “ties” to Russian President Vladimir Putin, pointing to the Azeri businessman receiving the Order of Honor in 2013.
In an interview with VICE News Tonight on HBO, aired July 11, Emin Agalarov said he spoke to Trump Jr. to help set up the meeting.
“I said, ‘Listen there’s some people that want to meet you,’” Agalarov said. “They obviously want something that could potentially help them resolve things that you could be interested in or maybe not. If you can spare a few minutes of your time, I’d be grateful. If not, no problem.”
It is unclear how this amounts to a nefarious plan to subvert American democracy, but news of Mueller’s interest have certainly created excitement among members of the #Resistance.
Mind you, it'll be stunning if Emin's attorney lets him speak to Mueller's team. The only explanation for an Agalarov (Aras/Emin) interview with Mueller is if they plan to flee the country before they can be charged with lying or have Putin's permission to blow up the conspiracy.— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) August 2, 2018
Pictured below is Ivanka & Donald Trump with Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, who Mueller wants to now interview. He set up the Trump Tower Russian lawyer meeting and his dad is a Putin award winning oligarch—who met with the Russian lawyer before the Trump Tower meeting. https://t.co/HNynk5I8Wk— Scott Dworkin (@funder) August 2, 2018
BREAKING: Special counsel Mueller has requested to interview Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, who helped set up the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, Agalarov's lawyer tells @NBCNews. It sounds like he's being cooperative, which could be a really big development.— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) August 2, 2018
It is unclear how Mueller would gain access to Agalarov in Russia, unless he agrees to come to the US voluntarily. At last month’s summit with Trump in Helsinki, Putin offered to grant US investigators access to Russian citizens under a 1999 treaty, in exchange for letting Russian authorities question certain US officials, but the US Senate resoundingly rejected any such move.
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