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Let's talk about that bizarre music video that's responsible for linking Donald Trump Jr. with the Russian lawyer

To recap: The president's son is in trouble for meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer during the campaign to receive potentially incriminating information concerning Hillary Clinton, a rendezvous that was set up by Harambe-defending music publicist Rob Goldstone, who, in addition to wearing "silly hats," happens to represent an Azerbaijani pop star named Emin Agalarov.

Believe it or not, this is where things get interesting.

Agalarov — who tours under his first name alone — once featured Donald Trump, playing himself, in a music video about a man (Agalarov) who daydreams that Miss Universe 2013 contestants have invaded his home (despite this being slightly terrifying, he appears to like it, and jumps on his couch to illustrate his enthusiasm). The man then wakes up only to find himself being fired by Trump in a boardroom. It makes sense when you watch it, sort of.

During the "you're fired" cameo at the end of the video, Trump unnecessarily brings Agalarov's looks into the equation, telling him: "You're just another pretty face, I'm really tired of you." In real life, this sentiment does not carry over. "EMIN was WOW!" Trump has tweeted, without context.

On his website, Agalarov brags that he is "the first person ever to persuade Donald Trump to appear in a music video." He might have had some leverage, though: Agalarov's father, a billionaire real estate developer who rented Trump the Crocus City Hall in Moscow for the Miss Universe 2013 pageant, was afterward informed by Trump, in all-caps, that TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW is next.

Any questions? No? Watch the music video below and you might think of a few. Jeva Lange