A video (below) from 2013 has been unearthed that shows President Donald Trump socializing with two of the Russians mentioned in Donald Trump Jr.'s controversial emails which suggest collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
According to CNN, Trump was filmed in Las Vegas with Emin Agalarov, a Russian pop star, and Aras Agalarov, a billionaire with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Rob Goldstone, also seen in the video, emailed Trump Jr. in 2016 to arrange a meeting between Emin and Trump Jr., which led to a meeting between Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer with strong Kremlin ties.
Emin states in the video: "We all think alike."
The Agalarovs signed a multi-million dollar deal with Trump in 2013 to broadcast the Miss Universe pageant from Moscow.
The video was filmed on the eve of the 2013 pageant, where Trump announced the Russian deal.
In the video, Emin reportedly introduced his mother and sister to Trump Sr., who blurted out: "Whoa, look at this! Now I'm glad we're going to dinner. What a beautiful mother you have! Well, you produce good looking stuff, right? Beautiful stuff."
The next day, Trump Sr. publicly praised the Agalarovs on the red carpet for the Miss USA pageant: "These are the most powerful people in all of Russia, the richest men in Russia."
In another clip, Trump Sr. praised Russia:
It really is a great country. It's a very powerful country that we have a relationship with, but I would say not a great relationship, and I think this can certainly help that relationship. I think it's very important.
I have great respect for Russia. And to have the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, in the most important location, the most beautiful building, in your convention center, with such amazing partners, I mean it's going to be fantastic for detente, or whatever you want to say. I think it's a great thing for both countries, and honestly they really wanted it in Russia, badly. Politically they wanted it.
Trump Jr., who does not appear in the video, told Fox News host Sean Hannity on July 11, that he had limited knowledge of the Russian family, and had met Emin "once or twice."
The Washington Post reported in July 2016 that the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's campaign announced that the Russian government was behind a hacking of the Democratic National Committee to help Trump Sr.
A spokesperson for the Russian government refused to comment on the hacking, but did refer journalists to Trump Jr.: "Mr. Trump Jr. has already strongly responded."
Trump Jr. called the allegations a pattern of "lie after lie."
The Wall Street Journal reported on July 12 that current and former U.S. officials said that U.S. intelligence agencies overheard conversations in the spring of 2015 of Russian government officials talking about Trump associates months before Trump Sr. announced that he was going to run for president.