British publicist Rob Goldstone in an interview published Monday said that members of the Trump campaign who attended a meeting he facilitated between them and a Russian lawyer should have known the gathering was improper.
"People have said to me, 'Shouldn't I have known?' Well, shouldn't they have known? I know nothing about politics, I set up a meeting. Shouldn't they have known?" Goldstone told NBC News.
When asked whether he regrets his role in the meeting, Goldstone said he did and wished he had not set it up.
“I regret not listening to the little voice in my head,” Goldstone said. “The same one that made me say to [his client, Russian pop star] Emin, ‘No good can come from this and this is a bad idea.’ ”
Goldstone acknowledged to the news outlet that he conveyed a "dirty offer" to members of the Trump campaign when discussing the possible June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, but noted that the damaging information that was promised on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports MORE "didn't materialize."
The publicist told NBC News that he believes it's possible the meeting may have been a setup by Russian intelligence officials.
"I'm willing to believe that I don't know who wanted this meeting," Goldstone said.
The Trump Tower meeting has become a flashpoint in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Goldstone says he discussed the details of the meeting with Mueller in March. He also told NBC that he discussed his time with President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE during a Moscow visit in 2013.
Trump admitted on Twitter last month that the meeting was intended to gather information on Clinton, despite his son's previous claims that it was focused on Russian adoption policy related to American sanctions.
Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpHow Trump uses fundraising emails to remain undisputed leader of the GOP Donald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents MORE, who welcomed the offer of the meeting and later attended it, has downplayed its significance and called it a "waste of time."
The president has denied he had any advance knowledge that the meeting was taking place.