Evidence Of Trump Efforts To Set Up Back Channel With Kremlin

Brenda Watkins
March 8, 2018

The meeting on a small island off the eastern coast of Africa was between Erik Prince, the founder of the private military contractor Blackwater USA, and an official with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Washington Post reports.

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.

"We chatted on topics ranging from oil and commodity prices to how much his country wished for resumption of normal trade relations with the USA", Prince told lawmakers. After a year of relentlessly trying to find Trump guilty of the charge that idiot Democrats like Adam Schiff stated repeatedly were absolute, proven facts of collusion with Russian Federation, now going into its second year and having produced not a shred of evidence that Trump did anything except run a presidential campaign that beat the liberals' cinch, can't-lose, shoo-in victor, Hillary Clinton, the abuse of anyone who ever knew Donald Trump and the digging through every tax document that could conceivably shed light on either a Trump dealing or of someone close to him that Mueller thinks he can turn, must stop!.

While Mueller is probing the circumstances of the Seychelles meeting, he is also more broadly examining apparent efforts by the Trump transition team to create a back channel for secret talks between the new administration and the Kremlin.

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. WaPo's reporting at the time also relied on anonymous sources - the legacy outlet has frequently used such journalistic techniques while reporting on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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There are so many things being investigated here, it's hard to believe that Mueller isn't going to be able to prove some serious criminal misconduct.

If that name rings a bell, it's because the New York Times just reported on Nader, and on how Mueller is interested in whether the UAE-yes, the nation Prince was meeting with on business-tried to "buy political influence" with the incoming Trump administration.

The Washington Post said the U.A.E. agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russian Federation could be persuaded to curtail its close relationship with Iran - a key objective of both the Trump administration and several Gulf Arab countries.

Prince had no formal role with the Trump campaign or transition.

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