Mueller examining whether Seychelles meeting aimed at creating back channel

Mueller examining whether Seychelles meeting aimed at creating back channel

Mueller examining whether Seychelles meeting aimed at creating back channel

Nader attended a December 2016 meeting in NY between Emirati officials and members of Trump's inner circle, and another in January 2017 in the Seychelles islands between the Emiratis and Erik Prince, a Trump associate.

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.

The Post, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter, said a witness cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller told investigators that the meeting was held so that a representative of Trump's transition team could "meet with an emissary from Moscow to discuss future relations between the countries".

The Washington Post reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that Blackwater founder Erik Prince lied to Congress about that meeting in the Seychelle Islands orchestrated by the United Arab Emirates, Prince and a high-ranking Russian official close to Putin. And then there's Prince's attempts to win business from the Trump administration for his private mercenary army in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Prince had no formal role in Trump's campaign and said he went to the Seychelles as a private businessman, not as an unofficial emissary for Trump.

Former Trump aide Sam Nunberg had an epic on-air meltdown
But he soon changed his plans.Later Monday afternoon, Nunberg called into MSNBC for a lengthy, live interview with Tur. Nunberg: Well, I have not had a drink.

Prince, for his part, criticized the Obama administration late 2017 for unmasking him while surveilling several people who met with foreign officials. He specifically denied previous year that the meeting was arranged to set up a back channel of communication with the Kremlin. The crown prince is widely known as MBZ.

Nader, according to current and former officials, was known to Trump transition and administration officials as someone with political connections in the Middle East who could help navigate the tricky diplomacy of the region.

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.

Mueller has also asked numerous witnesses about how the president's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, set up calls with foreign leaders and whether he bypassed normal protocols that kept records of the contacts and the content of the discussions. In December 2016, White House senior adviser and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner met with then-Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak to talk about setting up an unofficial communication channel, The Times reported a year ago. Such a concession by Moscow would have been likely to require the easing of US sanctions on Russian Federation, which were imposed for Russia's intervention in Ukraine in 2014, those officials said. Mueller is investigating Russia's role and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

Prince was never officially part of Trump's transition, but frequently communicated with its members and served as an unofficial representative for it, according to investigators.

Related news