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reaction, Simes believed that he provided the same information at a small group meeting of foreign
policy experts that CNI organized for Sessions.663

5. June 9, 2016 Meeting at Trump Tower

On June 9, 2016, senior representatives of the Trump Campaign met in Trump Tower with
a Russian attorney expecting to receive derogatory information about Hillary Clinton from the
Russian government. The meeting was proposed to Donald Trump Jr. in an email from Robert
Goldstone, at the request of his then-client Emin Agalarov, the son of Russian real-estate developer
Aras Agalarov. Goldstone relayed to Trump Jr. that the “Crown prosecutor of Russia . . . offered
to provide the Trump Campaign with some official documents and information that would
incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia” as “part of Russia and its government’s support
for Mr. Trump.” Trump Jr. immediately responded that “if it’s what you say I love it,” and arranged
the meeting through a series of emails and telephone calls.

Trump Jr. invited campaign chairman Paul Manafort and senior advisor Jared Kushner to
attend the meeting, and both attended. Members of the Campaign discussed the meeting before it
occurred, and Michael Cohen recalled that Trump Jr. may have told candidate Trump about an
upcoming meeting to receive adverse information about Clinton, without linking the meeting to
Russia. According to written answers submitted by President Trump, he has no recollection of
learning of the meeting at the time, and the Office found no documentary evidence showing that he
was made aware of the meeting—or its Russian connection—before it occurred.

The Russian attorney who spoke at the meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya, had previously
worked for the Russian government and maintained a relationship with that government throughout
this period of time. She claimed that funds derived from illegal activities in Russia were provided
to Hillary Clinton and other Democrats. Trump Jr. requested evidence to support those claims, but
Veselnitskaya did not provide such information. She and her associates then turned to a critique of
the origins of the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 statute that imposed financial and travel sanctions on
Russian officials and that resulted in a retaliatory ban on adoptions of Russian children. Trump Jr.
suggested that the issue could be revisited when and if candidate Trump was elected. Afier the
election, Veselnitskaya made additional efforts to follow up on the meeting, but the Trump
Transition Team did not engage.

11. Setting Up the June 9 Meeting
1'. Outreach to Donald Trump Jr.
Aras Agalarov is a Russian real-estate developer with ties to Putin and other members of
the Russian government, including Russia’s Prosecutor General, Yuri Chaika,664 Aras Agalarov

is the president of the Crocus Group, a Russian enterprise that holds substantial Russian
government construction contracts and that—as discussed above, Volume 1, Section IVA. 1, supra

“3 Simes 3/8/18 302, at 30.

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The _ mentioned by Emin Agalarov was Natalia

Veselnitskaya. From approximately 1998 until 2001, Veselnitskaya worked as a prosecutor for
the Central Administrative District of the Russian Prosecutor’s Office,677 and she continued to
perform government-related work and maintain ties to the Russian government following her
departure.678 She lobbied and testified about the Magnitsky Act, which imposed financial
sanctions and travel restrictions on Russian officials and which was named for a Russian tax
specialist who exposed a fraud and later died in a Russian prison.679 Putin called the statute “a
purely political, unfriendly act,” and Russia responded by barring a list of current and former US.
officials from entering Russia and by halting the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens.'30
Veselnitskaya performed legal work for Denis Katsyv,681 the son of Russian businessman Peter
Katsyv, and for his company Prevezon Holdings Ltd., which was a defendant in a civil-forfeiture
action alleging the laundering of proceeds from the fraud exposed by Magnitsky.682 She also

”76 In December 2018, a grand jury in the Southern District of New York returned an indictment
charging Veselnitskaya with obstructing the Prevezon litigation discussed in the text above. See Indictment,
United States v. Natalia Vladimirovna Veselnitskaya, No. 18-cr-904 (S.D.N.Y.). The indictment alleges,
among other things, that Veselnitskaya lied to the district court about her relationship to the Russian
Prosecutor General’s Office and her involvement in responding to a U.S. document request sent to the
Russian government.

677 Veselnitskaia 11/20/17 Statement to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, at 2; _

678 Testimony of Natalia Veselnitskaya Before the Senate Committee on Judiciary (Nov. 20, 2017)
at 33; Keir Simmons & Rachel Elbaum, Russian Lawyer Veselnitskaya Says She Didn’t Give Trump Jr.
Info on Clinton, NBC News (July 1 l, 2017); Maria Tsvetkova & Jack Stubbs, Moscow Lawyer Who Met
Trump Jr. Had Russian Spy Agency As Client, Reuters (July 21, 2017); Andrew E. Kramer & Sharon
LaFraniere, Lawyer Who Was Said to Have Dirt on Clinton Had Closer Ties to Kremlin than She Let On,
New York Times (Apr. 27, 2018).

679 See Pub. L. No. 1 12-208 §§ 402, 404(a)(l), 126 Stat. 1502, 1502—1506. Sergei Magnitsky was
a Russian tax specialist who worked for William Browder, a former investment fund manager in Russia.
Browder hired Magnitsky to investigate tax fraud by Russian officials, and Magnitsky was charged with
helping Browder embezzle money. After Magnitsky died in a Russian prison, Browder lobbied Congress
to pass the Magnitsky Act, See, e.g., Andrew E. Kramer, Turning Tables in Magnitsky Case. Russia
Accuses Nemesis of Murder, New York Times (Oct. 22, 2017); Testimony of Natalia Veselnitskaya Before
the Senate Committee on Judiciary (Nov. 20, 2017), Exhibits at 1-4; Rosie Gray, Bill Browder ’s Testimony
to the Senate Judiciary Committee, The Atlantic (July 25, 2017).

680 Ellen Barry, Russia Bars 1 8 Americans After Sanctions by US, New York Times (Apr. 13, 2013);
Tom Potter, Supporters of the Magnitsky Act Claim They’ve Been Targets of Russian Assassination and
Kidnapping Bids, Newsweek (July 16, 2017).

“1 Testimony of Natalia Veselnitskaya Before the Senate Committee on Judiciary (Nov. 20, 2017),
at 21.

“2 See Veselnitskaya Decl., United States v. Prevezon Holdings, Ltd, No. 13-cv-6326 (S.D.N.Y.);
see Prevezon Holdings, Second Amended Complaint; Prevezon Holdings, Mem. and Order; Prevezon
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appears to have been involved in an April 2016 approach to a US. congressional delegation in
Moscow offering “confidential information” from “the Prosecutor General of Russia” about
“interactions between certain political forces in our two countries.”683

Shortly after his June 3 call with Emin Agalarov, Goldstone emailed Trump Jr.684 The
email stated:

Good morning

Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very Interesting.

The Crown prosecutor ol Russia met with his father Aras this momlng and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with
some ollicial documents and inlormation that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very uselul to your lather.
This is obviously very high level and sensitive intormation 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 inlnrmalion and would you be able to speak to Emin about it directly?

lcan also send this into to your lather via Rhona, but it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send to you first.
Ftob Goldstone

Within minutes of this email, Trump Jr. responded, emailing back: “Thanks Rob I appreciate that.
I am on the road at the moment but perhaps ljust 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?”685 Goldstone conveyed Trump Jr.’s interest to Emin Agalarov, emailing
that Trump Jr. “wants to speak personally on the issue.”636

On June 6, 2016, Emin Agalarov asked Goldstone if there was “[a]ny news,” and Goldstone
explained that Trump Jr. was likely still traveling for the “final elections . . . where [T]rump will
be ‘crowned’ the official nominee.”637 On the same day, Goldstone again emailed Trump Jr. and
asked when Trump Jr. was “free to talk with Emin about this Hillary info.”688 Trump Jr. asked if

“3 See Gribbin 8/31/17 302, at 1-2 & 1A (undated one-page document given to congressional
delegation). The Russian Prosecutor General is an official with broad national responsibilities in the
Russian legal system. See Federal Law on the Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation (1992,
amended 2004).

“4 RG000061 (6/3/16 Email, Goldstone to Trump Jr.); DJTJR00446 (6/3/ 16 Email, Goldstone to
Donald Trump Jr); @DonaldJTrumer 07/11/17 (1 1 :00) Tweet.

685 DJTJR00446 (6/3/16 Email, Trump Jr. to Goldstone); @DonaldJTrumer 07/11/17 (11:00)
Tweet; RG000061 (6/3/ 16 Email, Trump Jr. to Goldstone).

686—Roooooez (6/3/16 Email, Goldstone & Trump Jr.)

“7 RG000063 (6/6/16 Email, A. Agalarov to Goldstone); RG000064 (6/6/16 Email, Goldstone to
A. Agalarov).

m RG000065 (6/6/ 16 Email, Goldstone to Trump Jr.); DJTJR00446 (6/6/16 Email, Goldstone to
Trutnp Jr.).


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