Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

Mueller Probes Growing Evidence of Back-Channel Between Trump, Russia

Mueller Probes Growing Evidence of Back-Channel Between Trump, Russia

Prince denied representing the Trump campaign and incoming administration during the meeting, which he characterized as a chance encounter over a beer that lasted no more than 30 minutes.

Prince, whose sister Betsy DeVos is Trump's education secretary, said previous year 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.

USA intelligence agencies determined that Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 US election to help Trump, a Republican, defeat Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton.

Nader is also a former consultant for Prince's firm Blackwater, which controversially provided mercenaries to the USA during the Iraq War.

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. Prince visited the transition team's New York City office in December 2016.

Investigators now suspect that the Seychelles meeting may have been one of the first efforts to establish such a line of communications between the two governments, these people said.

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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. 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.

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.

A Lebanese-American businessman who witnessed a meeting between a Trump adviser and a Russian investor is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller for his investigation into the Trump campaign, according to a New York Times report.

Nader couldn't be reached for comment, and his lawyer declined to comment.

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.

Though Prince was not and is not part of the Trump team, people familiar with the Seychelles meeting told reporters that he presented himself as an unofficial Trump envoy to people setting up the meeting. Those outlets also reported Nader attended that Seychelles meeting a year ago.

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