How a Goofy Russian Pop Star’s Publicist Is Involved in All This White House Russia Stuff

Emin Agalarov, Donald Trump and Aras Agalarov on the red carpet at the 2013 Miss Universe pageant Nov. 9, 2013, in Moscow (Victor Boyko/Getty Images)
Emin Agalarov, Donald Trump and Aras Agalarov on the red carpet at the 2013 Miss Universe pageant Nov. 9, 2013, in Moscow (Victor Boyko/Getty Images)

I imagine that Papa Steve Bannon is inside the Oval Office having to hold Big Donnie back from beating Lil’ Donnie to a pulp. That’s because Lil’ Donnie, aka Not-Ivanka, didn’t realize that the company line about the meeting he had with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 was that it wasn’t a big deal and turned out to simply be about Russian adoptions.


But oh, no, Not-Ivanka ran out there and made it clear that he had met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a lawyer with Kremlin ties, because he was told on good authority that the woman had proof that the Democratic National Committee was receiving funds from the Russians.

And who set that meeting up? Some weird publicist named Rob Goldstone.

Rob Goldstone is not a creep. I don’t care how creepy the photos look below—we at The Root will not ever refer to someone as a creep without a firm confirmation of his or her said creepiness. Got it? So we are totally not calling Rob Goldstone a creep.

I know, but we didn’t say it. However, if you think it, I can’t argue with you. OK, so, anyway, this noncreepy Goldstone manages some singer named Emin Agalarov.


Here is how Spin explains Goldstone’s involvement:

The way in which Goldstone got entangled in potential geopolitical subterfuge is by representing an aspiring Russian pop singer named Emin Agalarov, whose father is a billionaire named Aras Agalarov. Like other obscenely wealthy Russians, Agalarov has done business with the Trump family—in this case, both the elder and younger Agalarov were instrumental in bringing the 2013 Miss Universe pageant to Moscow. You can see the three grinning together on Aras’ Instagram.


Goldstone has confirmed that he did, in fact, set up the meeting between Not-Ivanka, Jared “Got Dem Visas” Kushner and Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

Goldstone told the Associated Press that Veselnitskaya “had information about purported illegal campaign contributions to the Democratic National Committee that she thought Donald Trump Jr. might find helpful.” Not-Ivanka then agreed to meet with her.


The president of the Southern United States and 53 percent of white women also appeared in Agalarov’s shitty music video, which was filmed while President Pussy-Grabber was in Russia for the Miss Universe pageant.

This music makes me want to punch my eardrums in the face! It’s got that obnoxious, syncopated heartbeat rhythm that every episode of Jersey Shore included when they’d fist-pump and beat the beat up.


Not-Ivanka isn’t denying anything anymore; in fact, he doubled down, tweeting: “Obviously, I’m the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent. Went nowhere but had to listen.”

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has been doing a bang-up job of looking really uncomfortable and changing the subject on television talk shows. She told Good Morning America that all of this was a big waste of America’s time.


Politico notes that Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, “the senior lawmaker on the Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 campaign as well as possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow, told reporters on Monday that the panel should interview Donald Trump Jr. about the meeting.”

“Our intelligence committee needs to interview him and others who attended the meeting,” Collins said.

Senior Editor @ The Root, boxes outside my weight class, when they go low, you go lower.


Rooo sez BISH PLZ

Not just Hollywood & Washington that have these regular connections (K Street on Showtime, anyone?); not just the Donald who hungers for his showbiz cameos (check out Zoolander and Bobby Brown’s Ghostbusters II/On Our Own video if they haven’t already been ruined for you by knowing he’s in there back when he used to be relatively harmless).

More background (to Stephen’s very thorough coverage here) if anybody hasn’t seen this yet