The FBI is investigating "suspicious money transfers" made after the now infamous Trump Tower meeting.
The two transfers were made by a billionaire Russian real estate executive after the June 9, 2016 meeting between Trump's campaign advisers and the Kremlin-related lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who promised that he had "dirt & # 39; with Hillary Clinton.
The extraterritorial company of Aras Agalarov transferred more than $ 19.5 million to its account in a New York bank just 11 days after that meeting, reports Buzzfeed.
Agalarov, who has close ties to Russian leader Vladimir Putin and was the host of Donald Trump when he set up the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013, made a second transfer on November 21, 2016, 13 days after the election.
The FBI is investigating & suspicious money transfers & # 39; made by Aras Agalarov after the now infamous meeting of Trump Tower. In the photo: Donald Trump, Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo and Aras Agalarov in 2013 Miss United States Las Vegas
Trump campaign president Paul Manafort, accused of fraud, Trump's son, Don Jr. and Jared Kushner, son-in-law of the president, also attended the Trump Tower meeting on Fifth Avenue.
The money transfers of & # 39; suspicions & # 39; They came to light after law enforcement ordered banks and financial institutions to review the records of people related to Robert Mueller's special investigation on Russia.
Then, the banks reported the "suspicious activity" to the Treasury Department.
Investigators discovered that the Agalarov family made 19 separate transfers from their Russian accounts to a New Jersey personal checking account belonging to Emin Agalarov, the pop singer and the billionaire's son.
The account received more than $ 1.2 million between November 2016 and July 2017.
The personal account, which was only opened in 2012, then transferred the money to a company owned by a business partner of Agalarovs who represented the family at the Trump Tower meeting; Irakly & Ike & # 39; Kaveladze.
The infamous Trump Tower 2016 meeting was also attended by Donald Trump Jr.
Kaveladze also has connections with the British publicist Rob Goldstone, who represents Emin Agalarov, and was the first to propose the meeting with the Trump team in the run up to the elections.
The report of suspicious activity is not necessarily evidence of a crime and Agalarovs, Goldstone and Kaveladze have not been charged.
The Goldstone spokesperson called the report "ridiculous."
A lawyer representing Agalarovs and Kaveladze defended the payments.
"I'm really perplexed why anyone is interested in this or why someone in their right mind would consider it suspicious," Scott Balber told BuzzFeed.
However, reports of suspicious activity have been used to implicate Manafort.
According to reports, Manafort is negotiating with prosecutors after he was found guilty last month of channeling millions of dollars that a pro-Russian politician had paid him in Ukraine through his bank accounts abroad to avoid paying taxes in I know. UU
Mueller wants to interrogate Emin Agalarov (photographed with Ivanka in 2014 in Moscow) the Russian pop star who established the famous Trump Tower meeting with Don Jr.
Negotiations have been ongoing between Trump's legal team and the special lawyer's team about whether the president will sit down with Mueller for an interview. Giuliani and Trump's lawyer, Jay Sekulow, wants to limit the interrogation to the period before the acting president took office to avoid charges of obstruction of justice. Mueller has not accepted those terms.
Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Sunday that the infamous meeting of Trump Tower in June 2016 does not reach the level of collusion, because nothing came of that.
He retracted Trump's assertion that the meeting, which took place during the heart of the presidential campaign, was to obtain information about Hillary Clinton and affirmed that the participants of the campaign did not know that the woman they were meeting with was russian
"The meeting was originally for the purpose of obtaining information about Clinton," he said. – That was the original intention of the meeting. It turned out to be a meeting on another subject and was not persecuted at all & # 39;
He claimed that the Trump campaign team did not know that the lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya was of Russian nationality, even though she had a Russian name.
Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Sunday that the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 does not reach the level of collusion
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"She did not represent the Russian government." She was a private citizen. I do not even know if they knew that she was Russian at that time. All they had was their name, "Giuliani said." They knew it when they met her, not when they organized the meeting.
He added: "All they knew was that a woman with a Russian name wanted to meet them."
Donald Trump Jr.'s own emails about the meeting, which he posted on his public Twitter account, acknowledge that the woman was Russian.
Emails sent to Trump Jr through Rob Goldstone, a music publicist who represented Emin Agalarov, whose father, Aras Agalarov, is a leading real estate developer close to Putin and who bought the rights to the 2013 Miss Universe pageant that took place in Moscow and that Trump attended, said the meeting with a & # 39; Russian government lawyer who is flying from Moscow & # 39;
Explanations for the Trump Tower meeting, which has become a focal point of Mueller's research on Russia's role in the 2016 elections, have varied, and a tweet from the president in early August added another layer when he wrote that the meeting was about Clinton.
Donald Trump Jr's original statement about the meeting, which President Trump helped elaborate, said it was about Russian adoptions.
Donald Trump Jr. gave a statement to the New York Times in July 2017, when the newspaper published the story, which said the meeting was about an adoption program. His statement did not address whether the presidential campaign was discussed.
Veselnitskaya led a multiple attack on the Magnitsky Law, a US law that blacklists alleged human rights violators and defends financier Bill Browder, which Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed during the Helsinki press conference as someone with who the Russians want to talk to in exchange Mueller talks to Russian citizens.
The Magnitsky Act so angered Putin that he retaliated by stopping American adoptions of Russian children.