President Trump’s former bodyguard Keith Schiller told Congressional investigators that a Russian involved in the 2013 Miss Universe pageant offered to ‘send five women’ to Donald Trump’s hotel room, NBC News first reported.
‘We don’t do that type of stuff,’ said Schiller, who told lawmakers he first thought the offer was a joke, two sources who attended the closed-door hearing told NBC.
Two sources also said that Schiller spoke of the conversation to push back against allegations that Trump had engaged with a number of Russian prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room, asking them to urinate on the bed, a place where President Obama once slept.
These allegations were found in the dirty dossier, opposition research gathered by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, which was partially financed by an unnamed Republican, along with Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Portions of the 35-page dossier, first published by BuzzFeed, remain unsubstantiated, including the ‘golden showers’ story.
‘Oh my God, that’s bulls***,’ Schiller told lawmakers his reaction was when he heard it, two of NBC’s sources said.
The network, overall, talked to three people in the room about Schiller’s testimony, which was before the House Intelligence Committee, one of three Congressional panels probing Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether there was any collusion with the Trump campaign.
Already, Schiller’s attorney Stuart Sears is pushing back, telling NBC, ‘the versions of Mr. Schiller’s testimony being leaked to the press are blatantly false and misleading.’
‘We are appalled by the leaks that are coming from partisan insiders from the House Intelligence Committee,’ Sears said in a statement. ‘It is outrageous that the very committee that is conducting the investigation into leaks – purportedly in the public interest – is itself leaking information and defaming cooperative witnesses like Mr. Schiller.’
‘The chairman and ranking member should investigate and hold accountable whomever is responsible for leaking false and misleading versions of of Mr. Schiller’s testimony,’ Sears continued. ‘This conduct is indefensible and calls into question the credibility and motives of the committee’s investigation.’
NBC’s sources didn’t name the Russian involved, but said the conversation about quintet of women took place after a morning meeting about the pageant in Moscow.
The pageant took place on November 9, 2013.
Schiller told lawmakers that he discussed the conversation with Trump that night and the two men laughed about it, as Trump went to bed alone.
Schiller, who had been Trump’s longtime bodyguard until leaving the White House in September, said he hung around outside of Trump’s hotel room for awhile and then went to bed, two sources told NBC.
One source told the network that Schiller said he eventually left and thus couldn’t say for sure what happened for the rest of the night.
Two other sources said Schiller testified that he was confident nothing happened.
Schiller also told the committee that he and Trump were both aware that any such activities could be filmed in bugged Moscow hotel rooms.
The Associated Press reported back in July that Azerbaijani-Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, who alongside his father Aras had helped Trump bring the pageant to Russia, had offered to send prostitutes to Trump’s hotel room.
The AP’s source said Emin Agalarov’s offer was rebuffed by Schiller the bodyguard.
The Agalarovs were also involved in the setting up of the July 2016 meeting in Trump Tower, between campaign officials and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
Schiller was involved in dispatching FBI Director James Comey for Trump this May, tasked with delivering a ‘you’re fired’ letter to the bureau’s headquarters several blocks away, down on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Comey learned the news from the news, as he was visiting an FBI field office in California that day.
A month later, when testifying before Congress, Comey told lawmakers he had warned Trump and President Obama about the contents of the dossier before Trump’s swearing-in.
At a dinner in late January between Comey and Trump, the president ‘expressed his disgust for the allegations and strongly denied them’ Comey said.
‘He said he was considering ordering me to investigate the alleged incident to prove it didn’t happen,’ Comey added.
In a third conversation about the dossier, this time in March, Trump told Comey ‘he had nothing to do with Russia, had not been involved with hookers in Russia, and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia.’