Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

WaPo: Erik Prince, Seychelles Meeting Possible Kremlin Back Channel

Erik Prince Prince 48 has already had a lengthy and controversial career in the political arena. Susan Walsh AP
Ebony Burgess | 09 March, 2018, 10:26

Rice sought the names of senior Trump officials in order to find out why Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the crown prince of the UAE, made a decision to visit NY late 2017, she told the committee in a closed-door interview, according to a CNN report at the time.

Robert Mueller's Russia investigation has a complex new focus: a meeting between Trump ally Erik Prince and a Russian businessman that took place in the archipelago nation of Seychelles just a few days before President Trump's inauguration.

"I also think that Bob Mueller on his own can expand his own authority and investigate this", Napolitano said.

A Lebanese-American businessman who has acted as an adviser to the United Arab Emirates has been cooperating with Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, after he was hit with a subpoena upon arriving in the United States in mid-January, according to people familiar with the matter.

Prince told the House intelligence committee that he had met Dmitriev in the Seychelles by chance, and that he was not representing the Trump administration.

Gary Neville: What will worry Jose Mourinho about Man United
I was expecting to come away with one point but we've got nothing and I find that tough for the players to take". Speaking to Sky Sports after the Selhurst Park encounter, Mourinho said: 'It was empty.

Nader began cooperating with Mueller after he arrived at Dulles International Airport in mid-January and was stopped, served with a subpoena and questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, these people said.

Prince, whose sister Betsy DeVos is Trump's education secretary, said a year ago he and Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, or RDIF, met for about half an hour in a bar in the Indian Ocean country at the suggestion of officials from the United Arab Emirates. Schiff said the committee is still waiting for Prince, who is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, to provide documents that the panel requested from him. He denies the meeting was meant to set up that communication channel. Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, also reportedly tried to establish a back channel with Moscow out of the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Representatives of Prince had no immediate comment on the Post story, and had declined to comment on previous reports about Nader and the Seychelles meeting. However, according to officials familiar with the meeting, he presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump to high-ranking Emiratis involved in setting up his meeting with the Russian official.

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