WaPo: Erik Prince, Seychelles Meeting Possible Kremlin Back Channel

Blackwater founder Erik Prince

Blackwater founder Erik Prince

Erik Prince, the founder of the private security company Blackwater, met with a Russian official close to Russian President Vladimir Putin just before the inauguration - and later described it to congressional investigators as a chance encounter, the Post reported.

During an interview with the House Intelligence Committee last November, Prince confirmed that he met with Dmitriev in the Seychelles and that the two discussed U.S. -Russia relations, including trade. Nader was also in the Seychelles when Prince met with a Russian banker, the sources said.

Erik Prince, founder of military contractor Blackwater and a supporter of President Donald Trump, told U.S. lawmakers past year he had discussed U.S. -Russia relations during a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian business executive with ties to the Kremlin. And then there's Prince's attempts to win business from the Trump administration for his private mercenary army in Afghanistan and elsewhere. During the congressional interview, which became testy at times as Democratic lawmakers pressed him to be more specific in his answers, Prince repeatedly complained that he had reason to believe USA intelligence agencies were leaking information about his activities.

According to the Post, investigators now suspect the Seychelles meeting may have been one of the first efforts to establish such a line of communications between the two governments.

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So, in order to give sanctuary and hope to the victims of Robert Mueller's dirt-digging, fishing expedition, and in order to demonstrate that we are with the people who Mueller is gleefully destroying, I'd like for someone with knowledge in these matters to set up a "Go-Fund-Me" account, to be run by the RNC, that can collect money for the good Americans that Mueller is persecuting and distribute it to the most needy of that proud crowd.

A Lebanese-American businessman who witnessed a meeting between a Trump adviser and a Russian investor is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller for his investigation into the Trump campaign, according to a New York Times report. The Washington Post reported last week that at least four countries, including the United Arab Emirates, have discussed ways they could compromise Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law. He said the goal of the meeting was for a Trump representative to meet with a Russian official close to President Vladimir Putin to discuss relations between the two nations.

According to The Times, the meeting was convened by UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, who Nader advises.

Prince, the founder of the former Blackwater contracting firm, had no formal role with the Trump campaign or transition.

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