Rob Goldstone, a British music promoter who coordinated the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign, will appear before the House and Senate Intelligence committees, according to a report Tuesday.
Goldstone may testify before the committees as soon as next week, CNN reported. Just last month, he said he was prepared to meet with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is spearheading the federal investigation to determine if the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
"I'm keen to talk to them and put my recollection of events in the public record," Goldstone said in an interview with the Sunday Times. "After the story initially broke, it seemed to quiet down for a while. But now it's back in the news with such force, I feel it's time for me to explain what happened."
Goldstone arranged the meeting between Trump Jr., President Trump's eldest child, and Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Kremlin-linked lawyer. He works for the Agalarov family, Russian oligarchs with connections to the Kremlin who share business and social connections to the Trumps.
Emails between Trump Jr. and Goldstone show that Goldstone said Veselnitskaya had dirt on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and would provide the Trump campaign “official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary (Clinton) and her dealings with Russia.” Goldstone noted the information was “part of Russia and its government support for Mr. Trump.”
“If its what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. said in response to one of Goldstone’s emails.
Veselnitskaya said she agreed to the meeting with hopes that the Trump team would look into the Magnitsky Act, which froze assets of Russian investigators and prosecutors and prevents them from entering the U.S. She said she did not discuss hacked or leaked emails, social media campaigns, or other subjects concerning Russian interference in the 2016 election, NBC reported Tuesday.
In addition to Trump Jr., former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, were present at the meeting.
Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were indicted by a federal grand jury this fall on 12 charges related to the work they did in Ukraine before joining Trump's 2016 campaign, including conspiracy against the U.S., tax fraud, and money laundering.
The indictments were the first related to the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.