This is a very interesting story:
One day after Trump’s campaign chairman and top brass sat down in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer billed as having dirt on Hillary Clinton in June 2016, Trump received a birthday present. It was from Aras Agalarov, the Azerbaijani-Russian oligarch whose son helped arrange the meeting.
The gift was an expensive painting. And Trump declared himself dazzled.
“I’m rarely at a loss for words, but right now I can only say how much I appreciate your friendship and to thank you for this fantastic gift,” Trump gushed to Agalarov in a thank-you note sent a week later. “This is one birthday that I will always remember.”
The painting and Trump’s response are among fresh details that emerged from a report released Friday by Democrats on the House intelligence committee about Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Specifically, the report suggests preparations for the June 2016 meeting were more involved than Trump’s team has admitted, and that communications between the Trump and Agalarov clans were deeper than previously thought.
Did you know buying expensive art is one popular way to launder money? Curiouser and curiouser…