Russian pop singer who set up notorious Trump Tower meeting with Don Jr. cancels sellout U.S. concert tour over ‘fear of Robert Mueller’
- Emin Agalarov is canceling a four-date North American tour announcing on Instagram that it was due to ‘circumstances beyond my control’
- Source told DailyMail.com is was out of fear of ‘consequences of being on U.S. soil’ while Robert Mueller special counsel probe is active
- Emin set up Trump Tower meeting between Don Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort with Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton
- He told DailyMailTV in December he had no fear of coming to the U.S> but apparently changed his mind inside the last ten days
- Told DailyMailTV he did not have immunity ‘as far as I know’ but that he would speak openly to anyone who asked about the meeting
- Mueller has stopped an arriving foreign national at the border before and served him with grand jury subpoena and search warrant for electronic devices
The Russian pop star who helped broker the now-notorious Trump Tower meeting with a Kremlin-linked attorney offering Hillary Clinton dirt canceled a planned U.S. tour Monday, days before he was due to perform.
Sources told DailyMail.com that Emin Agalarov – known as Emin – was concerned about the ‘consequences of being on U.S. soil’ while Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into Russian involvement in the 2016 election is ongoing.
The Russian singer had been due to perform at a sold-out New York venue Saturday and was also due to perform in Miami and Los Angeles, but announced his decision to cancel due to ‘circumstances beyond my control’ on Instagram.
His decision came despite telling DailyMailTV in an exclusive interview last month that he had no concern about coming to the U.S., and nothing to hide about his involvement in the meeting.
The June 2016 meeting saw Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and then campaign chairman Paul Manafort – now a convicted felon – meet with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower.
Announcement: Emin Agalarov said that he was canceling because of ‘circumstances beyond my control’ and said it was ‘against my will.’ Sources told DailyMail.com it was because of the Robert Mueller probe
Relationship: Emin Agalarov (right) and his father Aras (center) had built links to the Trumps since before they hosted the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. Emin used that relationship to facilitate the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016, but told DailyMailTV in December thatr it was ‘useless’
Conduit: Emin asked his British-born impresario Rob Goldstone (circled) to set up a meeting with the Trump campaign, and told DailyMailTV that Goldstone used hyperbole to get the Trumps’ attention, agreeing that it was a ‘stunt’
The meeting was set up at Emin’s request by his British promoter Rob Goldstone, who emailed Trump Jr. to offer ‘official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia’, eliciting the reply: ‘If it’s what you say I love it.’
Trump Jr. has dismissed the meeting as a waste of time, saying that Veselnitskaya spoke about the issue of a ban on Americans adopting Russian children, and Emin told DailyMailTV the meeting was ‘useless’ and a ‘total joke.’
In December he told DailyMailTV he would come to the U.S. to perform and said: ‘Even if I do get to an official invitation to comment, just like we’re doing now, there’s nothing I’m hiding.
THE ‘INCRIMINATE HILLARY’ EMAIL AND DON JR’S REPLY
From: Rob Goldstone
To: Donald Trump Jr.
June 3, 2016, 10.36 am
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.
What do you think is the best way to handle this information and would you be able to speak to Emin about it directly?
I can also send this info to your father via Rhona, but it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send to you first.
‘Incriminate Hillary’: Now Emin Agalarov says the phrase was designed to grab the Trumps’ attention
Key connection: Emin Agalarov used his relationship with the Trumps to engineer the now infamous meeting
From: Donald Trump Jr.
To: Rob Goldstone
June 3, 2016, 10.53am
Thanks Rob I appreciate that. I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first.
Seems we have some time and if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.
Could we do a call first thing next week when I am back?
‘There’s nothing wrong in what I’ve done or Rob or anybody considering the meeting as far as I’m concerned.
‘I’ve been happily commenting on these subjects – officially and unofficially.
‘The purpose of my [U.S] trip is my tour. I haven’t been in the States for a year because I’ve been busy touring around Europe and Russia and it’s time to return.’
In December Emin declined to comment on whether he had been contacted by Mueller, his team or any members of Congress to testify on the multiple ongoing Russian investigations.
He told DailyMailTV: ‘I believe that it’s something being handled by my lawyer and as far as I understood because there’s a legal investigation, I shouldn’t be commenting on these particular questions.’
When asked if he have been offered immunity by Mueller, he replied: ‘Not as far as I know.’
The oligarch’s son’s bullish approach to the Mueller inquiry appears to have crumbled in recent days. A publicist told Mother Jones just ten days ago that the tour was still on.
However since then there has been a renewed focus on the Mueller inquiry and in particular on the Trump Moscow project – one version of which Emin had spoken about being involved in.
His father Arras Agalarov is a billionaire oligarch property developer and Emin was part of an attempt to broker a Trump Tower Moscow project in the wake of the Miss Universe 2013 pageant in Moscow, which Trump and the Agalarovs had co-operated on.
The Agalarovs’ potential deal with Trump reached the stage of either a non-disclosure agreement, or a letter of intent, according to Emin, who told DailyMailTV that it ended in August 2015.
Questions over how long Trump continued to pursue a tower in Moscow after entering the race have been raised repeatedly in recent days, with the president’s attorney Rudy Giuliani saying that talks about the scheme continued ‘probably’ up to election day 2016.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, pleaded guilty in November to lying to Congress about when the potential deal to build a Trump Tower – apparently with a different developer and the assistance of Felix Sater, a Russian-born one-time mobster – ended.
He told Congress discussions ended in January 2016, before the Iowa caucuses, but in fact they had continued until June 2016, he admitted in court filings, and had involved him being in contact with a senior Russian official.
Cohen is to report to prison in March and is due to testify to Congress again next month.
Emin told DailyMailTV that he had been the instigator of the idea of a deal between his family firm and the Trumps.
‘I pitched the idea to my father, I said, wouldn’t it be cool because we were building a lot of buildings,’ he said.
‘Wouldn’t it be cool to have a Trump tower next to an Agalarov tower? And let’s build the Trump tower first so we could see what it looks like and then maybe we could do a better one.
‘[My father] thought it was a cool idea so I pitched it to Mr Trump and he said, ‘yeah of course, let’s see if this could be an option.
‘We signed some kind of a letter of intent or non-disclosure, it was just a piece of paper I guess. There was no contract, there was no formal terms.
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Fear of Mueller: The Special Counsel’s probe into Russian involvement in the 2016 election has already seen one foreign national stopped on arrival in the U.S. and hit with a subpoena and a search warrant
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TRUMP TOWER MEETING GROUP
The Trump side
Donald Trump Jr
Then: Close political adviser to his father’s campaign but no formal role
Now: Executive director of trust holding his father’s assets; prominent campaigner for Trump
Then: Trump’s son-in-law, described as de facto campaign manager for much of the campaign
Now: Senior Adviser to the President
Then: Veteran Republican and foreign lobbyist turned Trump campaign chair
Now: In federal prison awaiting sentence for total of ten counts of conspiracy, tax and bank fraud; is officially co-operating with Mueller probe although extent of that co-operation remains unclear
The Russian side
Then: Presented herself as independent attorney lobbying against the Magnistsky Act
Now: Indicted by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York accused of obstruction of justice by lying during a 2015 money-laundering report and would be arrested if she set foot on U.S. soil. Has admitted working closely with the Russian prosecutor-general’s office during her campaign against sanctions
Then: Russian-American registered lobbyist who worked with Veselnitskaya and set up other meetings with her in D.C. to overturn Magnitsky Act, which enables sanctions
Now: Has testified to Mueller grand jury for several hours and to Senate Judiciary Committee
Then: British-born, New York-based ex-tabloid journalist and promoter for Emin, offered ‘compromising material’ on Hillary Clinton in email to Don Jr. Spoke to Ivanka on way out of Trump Tower
Now: Has been questioned extensively by Robert Mueller. Published How An Email Trumped My Life about his experience; largely living in Bangkok
Then: Alleged Georgian-American money-launderer turned senior vice-president with the Agalarovs’ Crocus Group who was described as being there as interpreter
Now: Has testified to Senate Judiciary Commitee; appears to still work for the Agalarovs
Then: Soviet-born U.S. citizen brought by Veselnitskaya as her personal interpreter; had previously worked for the State Department
Now: Appears to be still be working as an interpreter
‘That happened later on between Trump team and our team. Then I believe Ivanka was coming to visit to Moscow and we met with her at my office. I showed her the property and how the project could be.
‘She said she would take it back to the family to discuss – and that was it. We never got back to it simply because Mr Trump ran for president in August and there was no time to do buildings.’
Questions over the Trump Tower project gained new prominence last week when BuzzFeed news reported a claim that Trump had directly ordered Cohen to lie in his Congressional testimony and that Mueller had evidence, including documents and communications, to prove it.
The report was then described in an unprecedented statement from Mueller’s office which said: ‘BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.’
On Sunday Giuliani said that it was possible Cohen and Trump had communicated, saying there would be nothing wrong with it, and saying that the president’s ‘counsel’ to his former fixer was to ‘tell the truth.’
Some Democrats said they still wanted to investigate the claims made in the report despite the Special Counsel’s Office’s denial.
Emin’s assertion of a meeting with Ivanka in Moscow to discuss the Trump Tower project comes after her attorney denied she had anything more than minimal knowledge of the plan being worked on by Cohen into 2016.
‘Ms Trump did not know about this proposal until after a non-binding letter of intent had been signed, never talked to anyone outside the Organization about the proposal, never visited the prospective project site and, even internally, was only minimally involved,’ Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for her attorney, told CNN.
It is unclear if Emin’s decision not to travel was prompted by advance knowledge that Mueller would act against him or simply by wanting to avoid any risk that he would.
FBI agents acting for the special counsel have previously stopped an arriving foreign national when he landed on U.S. soil.
Court filings by Mueller have shown that agents targeted George Nader, a pedophile and Lebanese-born diplomatic fixer who was stopped at Washington Dulles Airport in January 2018 and served with a subpoena and a search warrant for his electronic devices.
He is now a co-operating witness with Mueller and is understood to have testified on a meeting in the Seychelles between Erik Prince, whose sister is Secretary for Education Betsy DeVos, and a Russian banker.
The commercial cost of Emin’s decision to cancel is unclear.
He had sold out New York’s Town Hall venue, and was due to appear in Toronto, Miami and Los Angeles. He is pressing ahead with plans to release an album in English later this month despite the cancellation.
DailyMail.com is reaching out to Emin’s attorney for comment. The Special Counsel’s office declined to comment.
ROBERT MUELLER’S PROBE SO FAR: EIGHT CONVICTIONS – INCLUDING THREE TOP TRUMP AIDES, A JAILED ATTORNEY AND 25 RUSSIANS ACCUSED
GUILTY: MICHAEL FLYNN
Pleaded guilty to making false statements in December 2017. Awaiting sentence
Flynn was President Trump’s former National Security Advisor and Robert Mueller’s most senior scalp to date. He previously served when he was a three star general as President Obama’s director of the Defense Intelligence Agency but was fired.
He admitted to lying to special counsel investigators about his conversations with a Russian ambassador in December 2016. He has agreed to cooperate with the special counsel investigation.
GUILTY: MICHAEL COHEN
Pleaded guilty to eight counts including fraud and two campaign finance violations in August 2018. Pleaded guilty to further count of lying to Congress in November 2018. Sentenced to three years in prison and $2 million in fines and forfeitures in December 2018
Cohen was Trump’s longtime personal attorney, starting working for him and the Trump Organization in 2007. He is the longest-serving member of Trump’s inner circle to be implicated by Mueller. Cohen professed unswerving devotion to Trump – and organized payments to silence two women who alleged they had sex with the-then candidate: porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal. He admitted that payments to both women were felony campaign finance violations – and admitted that he acted at the ‘direction’ of ‘Candidate-1’: Donald Trump.
He also admitted tax fraud by lying about his income from loans he made, money from taxi medallions he owned, and other sources of income, at a cost to the Treasury of $1.3 million.
And he admitted lying to Congress in a rare use of the offense. The judge in his case let him report for prison on March 6 and recommended he serve it in a medium-security facility close to New York City.
GUILTY: PAUL MANAFORT
Found guilty of eight charges of bank and tax fraud in August 2018. Pleaded guilty to two further charges. Awaiting sentence
Manafort worked for Trump’s campaign from March 2016 and chaired it from June to August 2016, overseeing Trump being adopted as Republican candidate at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. He is the most senior campaign official to be implicated by Mueller. Manafort was one of Washington D.C.’s longest-term and most influential lobbyists but in 2015, his money dried up and the next year he turned to Trump for help, offering to be his campaign chairman for free – in the hope of making more money afterwards. But Mueller unwound his previous finances and discovered years of tax and bank fraud as he coined in cash from pro-Russia political parties and oligarchs in Ukraine.
Manafort pleaded not guilty to 18 charges of tax and bank fraud but was convicted of eight counts. The jury was deadlocked on the other 10 charges. A second trial on charges of failing to register as a foreign agent is due in September.
GUILTY: RICK GATES
Pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States and making false statements in February 2018. Awaiting sentence
Gates was Manafort’s former deputy at political consulting firm DMP International. He admitted to conspiring to defraud the U.S. government on financial activity, and to lying to investigators about a meeting Manafort had with a member of congress in 2013. As a result of his guilty plea and promise of cooperation, prosecutors vacated charges against Gates on bank fraud, bank fraud conspiracy, failure to disclose foreign bank accounts, filing false tax returns, helping prepare false tax filings, and falsely amending tax returns.
GUILTY AND JAILED: GEORGE PAPADOPOLOUS
Pleaded guilty to making false statements in October 2017. Sentenced to 14 days in September 2018, and reported to prison in November. Served 12 days and released on December 7, 2018
Papadopoulos was a member of Donald Trump’s campaign foreign policy advisory committee. He admitted to lying to special counsel investigators about his contacts with London professor Josef Mifsud and Ivan Timofeev, the director of a Russian government-funded think tank.
He has agreed to cooperate with the special counsel investigation.
GUILTY AND JAILED: RICHARD PINEDO
Pleaded guilty to identity fraud in February 2018. Sentenced to a year in prison
Pinedo is a 28-year-old computer specialist from Santa Paula, California. He admitted to selling bank account numbers to Russian nationals over the internet that he had obtained using stolen identities.
He has agreed to cooperate with the special counsel investigation.
GUILTY AND JAILED: ALEX VAN DER ZWAAN
Pleaded guilty to making false statements in February 2018. He served a 30-day prison sentence earlier this year and was deported to the Netherlands on his release
Van der Zwaan is a Dutch attorney for Skadden Arps who worked on a Ukrainian political analysis report for Paul Manafort in 2012.
He admitted to lying to special counsel investigators about when he last spoke with Rick Gates and Konstantin Kilimnik.
GUILTY: W. SAMUEL PATTEN
Pleaded guilty in August 2018 to failing to register as a lobbyist while doing work for a Ukrainian political party. Awaiting sentence
Patten, a long-time D.C. lobbyist was a business partner of Paul Manafort. He pleaded guilty to admitting to arranging an illegal $50,000 donation to Trump’s inauguration.
He arranged for an American ‘straw donor’ to pay $50,000 to the inaugural committee, knowing that it was actually for a Ukrainian businessman.
Neither the American or the Ukrainian have been named.
CHARGED: KONSTANTIN KILIMNIK
Indicted for obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice. At large, probably in Russia
Kilimnik is a former employee of Manafort’s political consulting firm and helped him with lobbying work in Ukraine. He is accused of witness tampering, after he allegedly contacted individuals who had worked with Manafort to remind them that Manafort only performed lobbying work for them outside of the U.S.
He has been linked to Russian intelligence and is currently thought to be in Russia – effectively beyond the reach of extradition by Mueller’s team.
INDICTED: THE RUSSIANS
Twenty-five Russian nationals and three Russian entities have been indicted for conspiracy to defraud the United States. They remain at large in Russia
Two of these Russian nationals were also indicted for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and 11 were indicted for conspiracy to launder money. Fifteen of them were also indicted for identity fraud.
Vladimir Putin has ridiculed the charges. Russia effectively bars extradition of its nationals. The only prospect Mueller has of bringing any in front of a U.S. jury is if Interpol has their names on an international stop list – which is not made public – and they set foot in a territory which extradites to the U.S.
INDICTED: MICHAEL FLYNN’S BUSINESS PARTNERS
Bijan Kian (left), number two in now disgraced former national security adviser Mike Flynn’s lobbying company, and the two’s business partner Ekim Alptekin (right) were indicted for conspiracy to lobby illegally. Kian is awaiting trial, Alptekin is still to appear in court
Kian, an Iranian-American was arrested and appeared in court charged with a conspiracy to illegally lobby the U.S government without registering as a foreign agent. Their co-conspirator was Flynn, who is called ‘Person A’ in the indictment and is not charged, offering some insight into what charges he escaped with his plea deal.
Kian, vice-president of Flynn’s former lobbying firm, is alleged to have plotted with Alptekin to try to change U.S. policy on an exiled Turkish cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania and who is accused by Turkey’s strongman president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of trying to depose him.
Erdogan’s government wanted him extradited from the U.S. and paid Flynn’s firm through Alptekin for lobbying, including an op-ed in The Hill calling for Gulen to be ejected. Flynn and Kian both lied that the op-ed was not paid for by the Turkish government.
The indictment is a sign of how Mueller is taking an interest in more than just Russian involvement in the 2016 election.
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