- President Donald Trump’s longtime bodyguard and confidante testified before Congress this week that a Russian offered to “send five women” to Trump’s hotel room in Moscow while he was visiting ahead of the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, NBC News and CNN reported on Thursday.
- The confidante, Keith Schiller, said he rejected the offer and laughed about it with Trump, according to the reports.
Keith Schiller, President Donald Trump’s former bodyguard and confidante, privately testified under oath this week that he rejected an offer from a Russian to “send five women” to Trump’s Moscow hotel room in 2013, NBC News and CNN reported on Thursday.
Schiller, who was the director of Oval Office operations until September, said he rejected the offer and told the Russian, “We don’t do that type of stuff,” according to the NBC report.
Schiller reportedly testified that he talked to Trump about the offer as the two walked back to Trump’s hotel room and that they laughed about it before Trump went to bed. Schiller said he stood outside Trump’s hotel room for a while before leaving as part of his routine as the billionaire businessman’s security guard.
Schiller said he did not know what happened the rest of the night.
Sources with direct knowledge of Schiller’s four-hour testimony before the House Intelligence Committee told the news outlets that he adamantly rejected many of the allegations in a collection of explosive memos written last year by Christopher Steele, a veteran British spy, detailing ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Schiller’s lawyer, Stuart Sears, said in a statement that “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. “It is outrageous that the very Committee that is conducting an investigation into leaks – purportedly in the public interest – is itself leaking information and defaming cooperative witnesses like Mr. Schiller.”
The Steele dossier, made public in January by BuzzFeed News, alleges that Trump declined various business deals in Russia but that the Russian government fed Trump intel throughout the 2016 presidential campaign.
It also includes claims that Russian spies concealed cameras in Trump’s Moscow hotel room and filmed him with prostitutes who urinated on the bed.
Trump has forcefully denied these allegations.
“Does anyone really believe that story?” he said at a press conference in January. “I’m also very much of a germaphobe, by the way.”
Natasha Bertrand and Jim Edwards contributed to this report.