The latest Russian scandal is a May 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and notables with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, with the promise that it would include dirt on Hillary Clinton and the support of Russia’s government.

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Rob Goldstone

Like much of the Russia stuff, the foundation of the story shifted including the part about who set it up – a colorful figure named Rob Goldstone.

Initial reports called Goldstone a music promoter, then a manager for Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, according to the U.K.’s Manchester Evening News , before the media settled upon identifying him as what he is: a publicist based in Britain but with an extensive background in Australia.

Goldstone reached out to Trump Jr. with a meetup proposal courtesy of Agalarov’s connections, according to emails released by Trump Jr. on Twitter July 11.

“Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting. The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin.”

Goldstone is the co-founder of OUI 2 Entertainment, based out of Manhattan and has a “decade-long” relationship with EMI Music Publishing along with repping Best Buy and The Friars Club, and organized “Sting in Central Park” for Best Buy, according to the company’s website (OUI 2 does not publish a phone number, only email).

He also, according to his bio, worked years as a journalist (covering Bob Geldof’s exodus to Ethiopia after the Live Aid concert) before, at Crawford Goldstone Publicity, exclusively repping artists that toured Australia in the ’90s like Cyndi Lauper, Julio Iglesias, James Taylor, U2, and Tracy Chapman.

Goldstone is as colorful as any publicist – posting whimsical photos on Instagram and Facebook with hats – from the standard Russian ushanka to the goofy and offensive – a common theme.


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Rob Goldstone

As for Goldstone’s involvement with the meeting (which Goldstone said he attended and was later confirmed on video), his connection to the Trumps apparently goes through his client Agalarov.  Emin’s father is Aras Agalarov, a Moscow-based real estate developer and business partner of Donald Trump who worked to bring the Miss Universe competition to Moscow in 2013, according to Vanity Fair. Goldstone happened to be a judge for the competition in 2016.

No doubt Goldstone is closer to Donald Trump than most of us, having posted an Instagram photo of him having dinner with The Donald and Aras Agalarov in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, “Boomerang” – a song by Emin featuring Nile Rodgers in English – climbed the charts in 2015 and Emin’s 2013 song “In

Another Life” featured Trump and the Miss Universe contestants.  His live show is also “WOW” according to a Trump tweet.