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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Video obtained exclusively by CNN offers a new look inside the web of relationships now at the center of allegations of collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russia. The video shows the future President Donald Trump attending a dinner with an Azerbaijani-Russian family who became Trump's business partners in Las Vegas in June 2013. It also shows their publicist, Rob Goldstone, who would later send Donald Trump Jr. the emails that have brought the eldest Trump son to the center of the controversy over possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russia. The video, obtained by CNN in the wake of the email disclosures, offers fresh insights into the warm relationship between Trump and the Agalarovs, which has been widely reported because Aras Agalarov and Emin Agalarov inked a multi-million dollar deal with Trump to bring the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow in 2013.

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During dinner, Trump is seated across from Aras Agalarov and beside Emin Agalarov -- who in turn is seated next to Goldstone. At one point in the clip, Trump and Goldstone engage in a brief conversation while the younger Agalarov leans into the table.

"These are the most powerful people in all of Russia, the richest men in Russia," Trump says during the public red carpet ceremony, which was included in the clips obtained by CNN.

"Whoa, look at this! Now I'm glad we're going to dinner," Trump says after meeting the mother and sister. "What a beautiful mother you have! Well, you produce good looking stuff, right? Beautiful stuff."

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Russian Oligarch Who Plotted to Aid Trump Was Named in Private Intelligence Dossier

Among those entirely unsurprised by the revelation that Agalarov was named at the center of a plot to help the Russian government help Trump was Alexey Navalny, the opposition activist who hopes to run against Putin in the 2018 Russian presidential election.

Writing on his blog, Navalny called the idea of a Putin-Chaika-Agalarov-Trump pipeline "very plausible."

As Navalny noted, Agalarov seems to be close to Chaika and spoke out loudly in his defense in 2015, when Navalny's anti-corruption foundation produced a damning investigative report accusing the prosecutor of having abused his position to make his two sons fabulously wealthy.

On Wednesday morning in Russia, Aras Agalarov claimed in a radio interview that he does not know Rob Goldstone.

If so, the elder Agalarov must have either a terrible memory or extremely poor vision, since a photograph posted on Facebook by Goldstone on June 16, 2013, shows that the publicist was seated right next his client, Agalarov's son, and across the table from the oligarch himself, during a working dinner with Trump in Las Vegas, when the family secured the right to host the Miss Universe pageant.

theintercept.com

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-07-12 07:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The Trump-Russia Conspiracy Is Now Very Simple
You don't even have to connect dots.

Here's a point missing in much of the coverage of Donald Trump Jr.'s bombshell emails: If they are an accurate depiction of events, these messages show there was a conspiracy between the Putin regime and the Trump camp that was exceedingly simple and compact and quite easy to implement.

The apparent plot -- yes, it was a secret plot -- involved a small number of people: three of Donald Trump's closest advisers, a Trump business partner (and that man's son), a Russian official close to Vladimir Putin, and two emissaries.

Actually, none of this is surprising. Or complicated. You do not need Agent Mulder to get to the bottom of this.

www.motherjones.com

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2017-07-12 07:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Why isn't this on the front page?

The right wing talking points have finally shifted from "the president didn't collude with a hostile foreign power, you guys are crazy..." to "ok, it happened, but it's really good that it happened!"

LOLOLLOLOLOLOLOL

#3 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-07-12 10:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3 Yep.

David Frum‏ @davidfrum

Trump tells Reuters he says no wrong in working w Putin to tip an American election - that's a warning to supporters of where this is headed

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-07-12 10:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Trump is preparing the justification for pardoning his entire staff and family because collusion is fine if he does it. The tRump lickers will agree 100%.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2017-07-12 10:38 PM | Reply

#5 By George, I think you've got it!

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-07-12 10:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump

@AgalarovAras I had a great weekend with you and your family. You have done a FANTASTIC job. TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW is next. EMIN was WOW!

8:39 AM - 11 Nov 2013

"I don't know any Russians!"

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-07-12 10:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

Trump is preparing the justification for pardoning his entire staff and family...

Far more likely he's preparing to bomb some two-bit country no one likes anyway just for the distraction and an approval point bump.

#8 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-07-12 11:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

#8

It may be France if he doesn't get Freedom Fries with his blue lobster over there. The Base would love that.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2017-07-12 11:05 PM | Reply

Don't worry though, folks.

Ignorant ***** Laura Mohr has assured us that there is absolutely zero difference between donnie dealmaker and Hillary Clinton.

LOL

#10 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-07-12 11:14 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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If anyone thinks the corrupt GOP is going to do anything to their butt boy you are deluded.

#11 | Posted by 726 at 2017-07-13 07:24 AM | Reply

I guess THAT is fake news/nothingburger/delegitimizing the Orange Circus too; eh, ABABBLER/sniper/PROLIX/wisdogshizz/LFTWTHTIRDS/jeffj?

#12 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-07-13 08:48 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Trump spends a lot of time one on one with people he later claims he never met.

He flew around the country with Felix Sater on his private jet but now claims he never met him and would not recognize him in a picture

He claimed he never met Putin until last week but Trump also said during a National Press Club luncheon in 2014 that he was in Moscow and he spoke "directly and indirectly with President Putin who could not have been nicer."

#13 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-07-13 09:41 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Trump a lying ---------? That's un-possible!

#14 | Posted by cbob at 2017-07-13 10:07 AM | Reply


@#4 ...Trump tells Reuters he says no wrong in working w Putin to tip an American election ...

Is there a reuters.com link for that statement? A quick spin through google was not able to turn one up for me.

thx.

#15 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-07-13 10:12 AM | Reply

#15 I think Frum was playing off this comment by Trump:

"It was a 20-minute meeting, I guess, from what I'm hearing," Trump said. "Many people, and many political pros, said everybody would do that."

Exclusive: Trump says he does not fault son for meeting Russian lawyer

www.reuters.com

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-07-13 10:19 AM | Reply

#15 Or maybe this one:

"Most of the phony politicians who are Democrats who I watched over the last couple of days – most of those phonies that act holier-than-thou, if the same thing happened to them, they would have taken that meeting in a heartbeat."

www.reuters.com

#17 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-07-13 10:22 AM | Reply

@16,17

thx for the follow-up.

imo, the wording of Mr From's interpretation of those comments is worse than my reading of the comments.

That is not to say the original comments are not damning, I think they are.

#18 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-07-13 10:44 AM | Reply

imo, the wording of Mr From's interpretation of those comments is worse than my reading of the comments.

Yes, I think he is anticipating where he thinks Team Trump's defense of their actions is going. A kind of rolling disclosure, starting with no contacts to no collusion to yes, collusion, but collusion's not bad when you do it for patriotic reasons.

#19 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-07-13 11:11 AM | Reply

Oh, and: collusion's not bad because everyone would do it, given the chance.

#20 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-07-13 11:12 AM | Reply

It was only a 20 minute meeting (I guess).

A little meeting. So only time for just a little collusion.

What's a little collusion amongst friends?

#21 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-07-14 02:10 PM | Reply

good...so pictures are proof.....

interesting as I sit and look at schumer and several other democrats posing with russians.

but I'll just cast that aside...that's all different...I'm sure.

#22 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-07-14 03:23 PM | Reply

Yawn.

#23 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2017-07-14 04:06 PM | Reply

but I'll just cast that aside...that's all different...I'm sure.

#22 | POSTED BY AFKABL2

Were they conspiring with the Russians to undermine Presidential elections in America?

No? Then that is why it is different.

This is treasonous behavior. Time to face facts. Your boy is hosed. Even if Trump is not removed he has been effectively neutered.

#24 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-07-14 04:25 PM | Reply

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