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the meeting and that no one on the Transition Team even did a Google search for Gorkov's name. 1155

At the start of the meeting, Gorkov presented Kushner with two gifts: a painting and a bag

of soil from the town in Belarus where Kushner's family originated. 1156

The accounts from Kushner and Gorkov differ as to whether the meeting was diplomatic or business in nature. Kushner told the Office that the meeting was diplomatic, with Gorkov expressing disappointment with U.S.-Russia relations under President Obama and hopes for improved relations with the incoming Administration. 11 57 According to Kushner, although Gorkov told Kushner a little bit about his bank and made some statements about the Russian economy, the two did not discuss Kushner's companies or private business dealings of any kind. 1158 (At the time of the meeting, Kushner Companies had a debt obligation coming due on the building it owned at 666 Fifth Avenue, and there had been public reporting both about efforts to secure lending on the property and possible conflicts of interest for Kushner arising out of his company's borrowing from foreign lenders. 1159

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In contrast, in a 2017 public statement, VEB suggested Gorkov met with Kushner in Kushner' s capacity as CEO of Kushner Companies for the purpose of discussing business, rather than as part of a diplomatic effort. In particular, VEB characterized Gorkov's meeting with Kushner as part of a series of "roadshow meetings" with "representatives of major US banks and business circles," which included "negotiations" and discussion of the "most promising business lines and sectors." 1160

Foresman, the investment bank executive mentioned in Volume l, Sections IV.A. I and IV.B.3, supra, told the Office that he met with Gorkov and VEB deputy chairman Nikolay Tsekhomsky in Moscow just before Gorkov left for New York to meet Kushner. 1161 According to Foresman, Gorkov and Tsekhomsky told him that they were traveling to New York to discuss post election issues with U.S. financial institutions, that their trip was sanctioned by Putin, and that they would be reporting back to Putin upon their return. 1162

1155 Kushner 4/11/18 302, at 19. Berkowitz, by contrast, stated to the Office that he had googled

Gorkov' s name and told Kushner that Gorkov appeared to be a banker. Berkowitz 1/12/18 302, at 8.

1156 Kushner 4/ 11/18 302, at 19-20. 1157 Kushner Stmt. at 8. 1158 Kushner Stmt. at 8. 1159 See, e.g. , Peter Grant, Donald Trump Son-in-Law Jared Kushner Could Face His Own Conflict

of-Interest Questions, Wall Street Journal (Nov. 29, 2016).

1160 Patrick Reevell & Matthew Mosk, Russian Banker Sergey Gorkov Brushes off Questions About

Meeting with Jared Kushner, ABC News (June 1, 2017).

1161 Foresman 10/17/18 302, at 14-15. 1162 Foresman 10/17/18 302, at 15-16.

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