Mueller evidence shows Blackwater founder held meeting to create Trump-Russia back channel: report

Source: The Hill | March 7, 2018 | Max Greenwood

Special counsel Robert Mueller has evidence showing that a meeting between the founder of a private security company and a Russian official in the Seychelles last year was intended to set up a back-channel between the Trump administration and the Kremlin.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that a witness cooperating with Mueller has told investigators that the meeting was set up in advance, apparently contradicting what Erik Prince, the founder of the security contractor Blackwater, has told lawmakers about the meeting.

Prince — whose sister is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos — had previously told lawmakers and the press that his meeting with Kirill Dmitriev, a Russian official close with Russian President Vladimir Putin, happened by chance and was not set up ahead of time.

But the witness, a Lebanese-American businessman named George Nader, has testified before a grand jury that the meeting, which took place shortly before President Trump’s inauguration, was, in fact, a planned effort.

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