Mueller obtains communications from Blackwater founder Erik Prince

The HillSpecial counsel Robert Mueller has acquired the communications of Blackwater founder Erik Prince, ABC News reported Monday.

“As Mr. Prince told the Daily Beast he has spoken voluntarily with Congress and also cooperated completely with the special counsel’s investigation, including by providing them total access to his phones and computer,” a spokesperson for Prince told ABC.

There were reports at one point in the election cycle that Erik Prince was asked to set up some sort of communication channel between Trump and the Russians. As I recall, he denied it at the time and still is.

The HillMueller is reportedly probing several 2017 meetings that occurred in Seychelles during the time period Prince met with a Russian banker there.

Last month, The New York Times reported that Prince organized a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that included Donald Trump Jr. and Lebanese-American businessman George Nader. During that meeting, Nader reportedly said the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia wanted to aid Trump in his bid for the White House.

So, was Nader another FBI spy? Even if he was conveying a sincere offer from those governments, it's not illegal for foreign governments to offer their support to a candidate. There are ways to support a candidate (primarily through favorable press) that are legal, although certain other things -- like paying a foreign national for information on your political opponent -- are not. No one has alleged Trump has done anything specific and illegal relating to the Russians, the United Arab Emirates, or Saudi Arabia. It's just this vague cloud of "collusion".

This entry was published Tue Jun 26 13:18:38 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-06-26 13:18:38.0. [Tweet]

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