WaPo: Erik Prince, Seychelles Meeting Possible Kremlin Back Channel

WaPo: Erik Prince, Seychelles Meeting Possible Kremlin Back Channel

He's previously denied reports that the Seychelles meeting was to establish a back-channel between Washington and Moscow, the Post reported.

George Nader, a low-profile diplomatic go-between who has forged close ties to the Emirates, was stopped and questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation at Dulles International Airport in January as he returned from an overseas trip, these sources say.

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A Mueller spokesman declined to comment Wednesday night about the validity of WaPo's report, and a prince spokesman referred WaPo reporters to his previous statements to the committee.

Nader has been cooperating with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigators.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGOP strategist confronts ex-Trump staffer: "I'm sick of you guys making excuses for him" Shepard Smith goes after Trump for not condemning Russia in tweets Trump: Why didn't Obama 'do something about Russian meddling?' MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, had questioned earlier Thursday whether Prince had misled lawmakers last fall during his testimony about the meeting. Additionally, Nader met with Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner several times after the Seychelles meeting.

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.

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While the episodes likely do not amount to witness tampering, Trump's insistence on approaching Mueller's witnesses about their testimony could give the appearance that he's attempting to interfere.

The special counsel is looking into the possibility Nader funneled money into the Trump campaign to buy political influence on behalf of the UAE, according to the Times.

The Post reported Nader has testified before a grand jury gathering evidence about discussions between the Trump transition team and emissaries of the Kremlin as part of Mueller's investigation. Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate possible Russian interference in the 2016 election, whether any Americans assisted in such efforts, and any other matters that arise in the course of his probe. Nader's account is considered key evidence - but not the only evidence - about what transpired in the Seychelles, according to people familiar with the matter.

"I don't know whether the public reports of what Nader is saying are accurate, but if they are, there's clearly a significant discrepancy between that version and what we heard in Erik Prince's testimony", Schiff said.

Nader has long served as an adviser to the UAE leadership, and in that role he met a few times with Trump officials, including Steve Bannon and the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, according to people familiar with the matter. According to The Post, Emirati officials were indeed under the impression that Prince was representing Trump at the meeting.

Authors Information: Sari Horwitz covers the Justice Department, law enforcement and criminal justice issues nationwide for The Washington Post, where she has been a reporter for 33 years.

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