Goldstone regrets setting up Trump Tower meeting with Russians
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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.

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“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 ClintonPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Here's why Biden, Bernie and Beto are peaking The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Dems look for traction following Barr-Mueller findings 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 John TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' 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.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr.: Obama, Bush 'couldn't have done' what my father's done for the American people Trump plots post-Mueller payback On The Money: Taxpayers slow to file as they grapple with tax law | Schiff says Dems to charge ahead with Trump probes | Feds charge Avenatti with trying to extort Nike | Yellen sees no recession in sight 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.