Goldstone first emailed Trump Jr. on the morning of June 3, saying that the musician, Emin Agalarov, "called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting." Goldstone went on to offer to send the information directly to the elder Trump, though it is unclear if he did so:
The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his [Agalarov] father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump - helped along by Aras and Emin. What do you think is the best way to handle this information and would you be able to speak to Emin about it directly? I can also send this info to your father via Rhona, but it is ultrasensitive so wanted to send to you first.
Trump Jr. responded on June 3:
Thanks Rob I appreciate that. I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. Seems we have some time and if it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer. Could we do a call first thing next week when I am back?
In a June 6 exchange, Goldstone and Trump discussed setting up a call between Emin Agalarov and Trump.
On June 7, Goldstone wrote that Emin "asked that I schedule a meeting with you and The Russian government attorney who is flying over from Moscow for this Thursday." Trump then discussed setting up the meeting "at our offices," Trump Tower in New York.
Perfect...I won't sit in on the meeting, but will bring them at 3pm and introduce you etc. I will send the names of the two people meeting with you for security when I have them later today.
Great. It will likely be Paul Manafort (campaign boss) my brother in law and me. 725 Fifth Ave 25th floor.
On June 8, Goldstone asked to move the meeting time "as the Russian attorney is in court."
Trump Jr. and the White House have repeatedly defended his conduct with the meeting. Earlier Tuesday, he tweeted, "If this nonsense meeting is all they have after a yr, I understand the desperation!"
Critics, however, have called the meeting improper, with some going as far as to call it potentially treasonous.
Trump Jr. has offered to speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee about the meeting.
The New York Times first reported on the meeting on Saturday. At the time, Trump Jr. said it was primarily about an adoption program.
He then acknowledged on Sunday that he was told the lawyer might have information "helpful" to his father's presidential campaign. He denied knowing her name going into the meeting.
He added that she offered information about Clinton, but the attorney's statements were "vague" and "made no sense." He said he determined that she had "no meaningful information," and he discovered that her "true agenda" was to discuss the Magnitsky Act, an American law meant to punish Russian human rights violators that Russian President Vladimir Putin has opposed.