Documents released Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed for the first time the congratulatory message that Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov sent to President-elect Donald Trump after his election victory.
Agalarov and his son, Emin Agalarov, played a role in orchestrating the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower where Donald Trump Jr. was expecting to get compromising material on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The Agalarovs have known the Trumps for years -- they jointly hosted the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.
The Agalarovs are wealthy property developers and have friendly ties with the Kremlin under President Vladimir Putin. In his congratulatory message, Aras Agalarov expressed optimism that Trump would heal US-Russia relations.
Here's the full message, translated from Russian:
“Dear Donald! Please accept my sincere congratulations in connection with your election as the president of the United State of America. We in Russia really rooted for you and now we are sincerely happy because of your truly historic victory. Our people put high hopes that your arrival to the White House will bring the long-awaited normalization of Russian-American relations, basis for the restoration of once far-reaching human and business contacts. American people once again have shown their rebel spirit and their unwillingness to live under the heel of corrupted political dynasties. I spent this past night surrounded by my friends and colleagues. We didn’t get a wink of sleep and watched the drama of the American election process closely. We see that Americans truly believe that they can change their lives for the better. And they associate this belief with you, Donald. I am proud that I can call you my true friend. I wish you success and prosperity to all the American people. Aras Agalarov”