Who is Rob Goldstone, The Colorful Music Publicist Behind Don Jr.’s Russia Meeting?

In what has actually turned out to be a fitting development in the circus of the Trump-Russia saga, a British music publicist with an outrageous social media presence is claiming to have set up the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer.

Rob Goldstone, a publicist and former British newspaper writer, told The Washington Post that he brokered the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between the president’s son and Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with reported ties to the Kremlin.

The publicist is the president of Oui 2 Entertainment, a “PR, event planning and music management” company (per its Twitter account, which is now locked) that worked with the Miss Universe pageant, once owned by President Donald Trump.

The Manchester-born publicist also manages “Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, whose father, Aras, is a Moscow-based real estate developer who was Mr Trump’s business partner in taking the Miss Universe competition to Moscow in 2013,” according to the BBC.

Trump has a close relationship with the Agalarov family, with Emin stating in March that there were plans to bring a Trump Tower to Russia, which were shelved. Trump even featured in a music video by Emin in 2013 — watch below at your own peril:

Goldstone, who judging from his Facebook page lives in New York, checked into Trump Tower on June 9, posting with the caption “Preparing for meeting”:

The meeting was initially denied by Don Jr., but before long it was reported by The Times that the real estate scion expected to receive damaging information on his father’s then-opponent Hillary Clinton.

As the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia rages on, it was reported on Monday night that Don Jr. had actually received an email, from Goldstone, informing him “that the Russian government was the source of the potentially damaging information.”

Many on social media pointed out that Goldstone’s Instagram page, which is now private, featured a photo posted shortly after Trump’s election of Goldstone wearing a shirt with “RUSSIA” emblazoned on the front:

On Oui 2’s website, Goldstone’s profile claims he started his career working for “daily newspapers and radio stations in London,” before moving into the music industry. He penned a piece for The New York Times in 2010 detailing the trials of “traveling while fat.”

As the United States erupts in yet another scandal, Goldstone was posting photos from a trip to Athens to his Facebook page:

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