As was uncovered during the Senate Intelligence Committee’s review of the Trump-Russia investigation, Donald Trump wanted badly to meet with Vladimir Putin back in 2013. It had already been reported that Trump wwanted to have a sit-down meeting with Putin when Russia hosted the Miss Universe contest, which he co-owned
But as was released Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee found that that Trump tried to use his , prior to the contest, tried to use his Russian contacts to arrange a meeting with Putin well before that.
Per Mother Jones: As part of its investigation of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting—during which top Trump campaign officials met with a Kremlin-connected Russian emissary whom they were told was bringing them dirt on Hillary Clinton—the Senate committee privately interviewed Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze. One of the attendees at the Trump Tower meeting, Kaveladze was a longtime US-based employee of Aras Agalarov, the Russian oligarch who partnered with Trump to stage the beauty contest in Moscow. Agalarov and his son Emin, a pop singer, had arranged the Trump Tower meeting, using Rob Goldstone, Emin’s publicist, to work out the details with Donald Trump.
During his first interview with the committee, Kaveladze claimed that the 2016 Trump Tower meeting was the only instance in which he was aware of Agalarov attempting to set up a get-together between the Trump crowd and government-related Russians. During a subsequent meeting, however, Kaveladze said he recalled witnessing Agalarov “secretly requested [a] meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin.”
Mr Kaveladze said he couldn’t be certain who was on the other end of that call, but he told the committee he assumed it was Dmitry Peskov… Putin’s spokesman and senior aide.