Before Donald Trump Jr. met with Russian intermediary Rob Goldstone, comedian Kathy Griffin met him first.
She tweeted: “Don’t recall taking this photo with Russian intermediary Rob Goldstone, but I am in my Dynasty hat waiting for my interview with Mr. Mueller.”
Donald Trump, Jr. is at the center of a controversy amid reports he met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 election after being told she had compromising information on Hillary Clinton.
Don’t recall taking this photo with Russian intermediary Rob Goldstone, but I am in my Dynasty hat waiting for my interview with Mr. Mueller pic.twitter.com/VZ4iT1SuJX
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) July 10, 2017
Trump Jr. said in a statement that an acquaintance who he knew from the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant in Russia had asked him to have a meeting with the Kremlin-connected lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Trump Jr. said he was told Veselnitskaya could have “information helpful to the [Trump] campaign,” although he was not given her name at the time.
The Washington Post later identified the acquaintance as music publicist Rob Goldstone. Goldstone is a former British tabloid journalist whose PR firm, Oui 2 PR, says on their website they have worked with the likes of Michael Jackson, Betty White, U2 and Poison.
Goldstone told the Post he had set up the meeting “at the request of a Russian client,” whom he did not identify. He said in a statement that his client, Russian pop singer Emin Agalarov, had asked him to set up the meeting between Veselnitskaya and Trump Jr. because she had stated she had “information regarding illegal campaign contributions to the DNC.”
Griffin came under intense scrutiny last month when she tweeted a photo of herself holding a severed fake head of Donald Trump. She immediately apologized after the backlash began. Regardless, she still lost all her upcoming tour dates and her annual New Year’s Eve gig with Anderson Cooper on CNN.
During a press conference soon after, Griffin opened up:
“I don’t think I will have a career after this. I’m going to be honest. He broke me. If you don’t stand up, you get run over. What’s happening to me has never happened in this great country. A sitting president of the US is personally trying to ruin my life forever.”
Since then, she has been under investigation by the secret service, something she confirmed on her Twitter.