Then-director of Oval Office Operations Keith Schiller stands within the Red Room earlier than President Trump speaks at an occasion on the White House in July. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
President Trump’s longtime director of safety instructed House investigators this week foreigner provided to ship 5 ladies to Trump’s resort room throughout his go to to Moscow in November 2013.
Keith Schiller instructed the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that he rejected the supply from the person, who seemed to be Russian or Ukranian, in line with two individuals aware of the dialogue. He rapidly dismissed what seemed to be a suggestion of procuring prostitutes for Trump, they mentioned.
“No, man, we’re not interested in that,” Schiller instructed the person, the individuals mentioned.
The supply got here on the finish of a late-morning planning badembly that Schiller attended when he accompanied Trump to Moscow for the annual Miss Universe pageant, which was produced by an organization that Trump owned.
The 2013 journey was on the epicenter of probably the most salacious claims in a now-famous badysis file financed by Democrats throughout the 2016 presidential marketing campaign. The doc alleged that Trump consorted with prostitutes throughout his time in Moscow — a declare the president has vehemently denied.
Schiller, Trump’s longtime bodyguard who ceaselessly accompanied him on journeys, instructed congressional investigators that he noticed no compromising, illicit or unlawful habits by Trump whereas in Moscow, in line with the individuals.
The supply to ship ladies to Trump’s room got here after Schiller mentioned he attended a gathering in Moscow with about 15 individuals to debate particulars of the pageant. Among these in attendance have been Russian pop star Emin Agalarov and his father, Aras Agalarov, a enterprise magnate with shut ties to the federal government of President Vladimir Putin, in line with the individuals aware of his interview.
As the badembly broke up, Schiller mentioned a person he didn’t know approached him and requested if he would love 5 ladies to go to Trump at his resort room later that evening, he instructed investigators.
Schiller instructed the committee that he joked concerning the supply with Trump later that night as they headed again to their resort, the individuals mentioned.
“Can you believe one of these guys wanted to send some women up to your room?” Schiller recalled saying.
An legal professional for the Agalarovs mentioned that they had no data of the supply to Schiller.
“Categorically, neither one of them has any knowledge of that happening,” mentioned Scott Balber, a lawyer for Emin and Aras Agalarov. “They didn’t do it, they didn’t hear it, and they have no reason to believe it’s true.”
A White House legal professional didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. An legal professional for Schiller declined to touch upon the small print of his interview.
NBC News first reported that the House Intelligence Committee requested Schiller for particulars concerning the episode.
Schiller’s lengthy and shut relationship with Trump makes him a probably useful witness to investigators badyzing Russia’s meddling within the 2016 election. The former director of safety on the Trump Organization joined Trump on the White House, serving as director of Oval Office Operations till September.
In his House interview, Schiller mentioned he traveled as many as 5 and 6 days every week with Trump when the businessman ran the Trump Organization, including that he couldn’t keep in mind the exact particulars of all their journeys.
Schiller instructed investigators that he and Trump stayed at a luxurious resort throughout their 2013 Moscow journey, though he mentioned he couldn’t recall its identify. He mentioned he was not sure if he stayed on the identical flooring as Trump, though he acknowledged that they normally had adjoining rooms.
According to individuals aware of the questions, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) requested Schiller if he noticed Trump interact in any compromising habits whereas on the journey.
“No, no, not to my knowledge,” Schiller responded.
He additionally mentioned he didn’t keep in mind accompanying Trump on every other journeys to Russia however instructed investigators that he couldn’t rule it out. Schiller agreed to overview his pbadport and get again to the committee with extra info, in line with individuals aware of his interview.
Alice Crites, Rosalind S. Helderman and Ellen Nakashima contributed to this report.