Erik Prince, billionaire chief of mercenary Blackwater, admitted Friday to attend a Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and a representative of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates during the presidential campaign. Prince, Republican donor and brother of education secretary Betsy DeVos, publicly admitted to attending the meeting for the first time even though he told Congress in 2017 that he had no "official" or "unofficial" role with the Trump campaign. The meeting was important as it represents the first time that a country other than Russia had suspected offering assistance to the Trump campaign during the months leading up to the 201 6 election. Erik Prince replies that the US Congress "got the transcript wrong" when asked why he did not tell the House Intel committee about a meeting in Aug 2016 that he attended at the Trump Tower. @Mehdirhasan goes "head to head" with Erik Prince NOW @Anglish . pic.twitter.com/VCB7HKdyjT – Head to Head (@AJHeadtoHead) March 8, 2019 Erik Prince, CEO of Private Insurance Contractor Blackwater, admitted in an interview sent on Friday at Al Jazeera He attended a 2016 meeting at the Trump Tower with the best Trump campaign officials and representatives of Saudi Arabia and UAE As a testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, Prince said he had no "official" or "unofficial" role in the campaign except setting up a "farm sign" and writing "paper". But he had to admit in an interview with Al Jazeera that he really attended a meeting at Trump…
Erik Prince, billionaire chief of mercenary Blackwater, admitted Friday to attend a Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and a representative of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates during the presidential campaign.
Prince, Republican donor and brother of education secretary Betsy DeVos, publicly admitted to attending the meeting for the first time even though he told Congress in 2017 that he had no “official” or “unofficial” role with the Trump campaign.
The meeting was important as it represents the first time that a country other than Russia had suspected offering assistance to the Trump campaign during the months leading up to the 201
Erik Prince, CEO of Private Insurance Contractor Blackwater, admitted in an interview sent on Friday at Al Jazeera He attended a 2016 meeting at the Trump Tower with the best Trump campaign officials and representatives of Saudi Arabia and UAE
As a testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, Prince said he had no “official” or “unofficial” role in the campaign except setting up a “farm sign” and writing “paper”.
But he had to admit in an interview with Al Jazeera that he really attended a meeting at Trump Tower on August 3, 2016.
During the interview at Al Jazeera’s Head to Head program, Prince recognized: “We were there … to talk about Iran’s policy.”
Presenter Mehdi Hasan then noted that the prince’s statement opposed what he told the Congress during his testimony on November 30, 2017.  Prince replied that the deviation was probably due to problems with Congress’s transcription.
Hasan then noted that Prince may be legally subjected to criminal charges by Specialist Robert Mueller, who has accused a number of Tru
Prince being asked why he did not disclose the meeting to the congress.
To begin with, he said that he revealed some meetings, the vast majority, very few. “ When pressed further, Prince said:” I do not think I was asked that question. “
Specialist Robert Mueller has collected evidence relating to possible trials from foreign countries such as Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to help Trump campaign. Trump Tower, where the meeting took place, is seen in the stock image above  Prince opposed himself again and said he informed the congress about the meeting.
I don’t know if they got the tran the script wrong, “he said.
Lying to Congress leaves a vulnerable to accusations of perjury, which is a crime that can be punished by up to five years in prison if convicted.
Prince added that he believed “not the whole discussion was transcribed that day” and that he remembers talking about the meeting with “investigators”.
It included George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman who acted as an emissary to both the Saudis and the UAE.
Nader told Don Jr that the ruling kings in these countries were keen to see his father win the election, according to The New York Times.
Nader was reportedly interested in using private military contractors to destabilize Iran.
The meeting also included Stephen Miller, who was an advisor for the campaign, and is now a top guard in the White House, and Joel Zamel, an Israeli social media expert.
Zamel’s company, Psy-Group, deals with former Israeli intelligence operators, whose specialty is to manipulate social media.
Nader reportedly paid Zamel up to $ 2 million for his services after Trump won the election, according to Times.
Cyprus-based Psy-Group reportedly worked on a proposal for an “online manipulation campaign” to protect Trump, using thousands of fake social media, Times reported.
Alan Futerfas, lawyer for Donald Trump Jr., said in May: “Before the 2016 election, Donald Trump Jr. recalls a meeting with Erik Prince, George Nader and another individual who may be Joel Zamel.
39; They opened Mr Trump Jr. on a social media platform or marketing strategy. “He was not interested and that was the end of it.”
A lawyer for Zamel, Marc L. Mukasey, told the times : “Neither Joel Zamel, nor any of his relatives, had any involvement
Project Rome presented to the Trump campaign team
In the above documents created by Psy-Group, Trump was the code name “Lion” and his opponent, Hillary Clinton, was “Forest”. One goal for the company was to gather information about Clinton and her 10 closest employees.
Cyprus-based Psy Group reportedly worked on a proposal for an “online manipulation campaign” to help Trump , using thousands of fake social media, the New York Times reported
“The DOJ made clear from day 1 that Joel and his company have never been a target of the investigation.
” My client fully cooperated with the government to help added to his investigation. “
Naders lawyer, Kathryn Ruemmler, told the Times:” Mr Nader has fully cooperated with the special council’s investigation and will continue to do so.
Saudi Arabia denied that Nader was authorized to speak for the Kingdom.
This is not the first time that Prince has been captured and makes false statements to authorities linked to Mueller’s investigation into alleged interaction between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Last April, a witness interviewed by Mueller’s investigators told another account of a mysterious Seychelles meeting in January 2017 that involved Prince than one prince testified to a committee.
The meeting had already drawn attention from investigators because of the way it summarized Prince, representatives of the UAE and a Russian oligarch just days before Donald Trump took office.
A top democrat has said that Prince may have tried to establish a back channel to Russia, which he denies.  Among the claims Prince made when he testified under oath to the House Intelligence Committee is that he met temporarily with the oligarch, K irill Dmitriev, “over a beer.”
That meeting followed his meeting with United Arab Emirates officials, who arranged the meeting with the prince, who said he was there for business reasons.
“As I remember, he met, the same guy I was talking about, Kirill Dmitriev. Meet him at the bar after dinner and we talked for 30 minutes over a beer, and that’s it,” he said.
But Nader, interviewed by Mueller’s team several times, said the emirates wanted to introduce a Russian near the Kremlin to someone close to the incoming administration, according to ABC News.
Sources told the Nader network met with Prince at the Pierre Hotel in New York before the Seychelles meeting who took place on January 11 in the Pacific region.
He also sent biographical information to the prince about the meeting – which may suggest something other than a chance meeting.
Prince (see above before Congress in October 2007) is also reviewing Special Consultant Robert Mueller over a mysterious meeting in Seychelles in January 2017 with a Russian oligarch Kirill Dmitriev. The meeting was held days before Trump took his office
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That information “noted that Dmitriev had been appointed by Putin to oversee the state-funded sovereign wealth fund,” the report said and quoted sources.
Nader also says he attended the meetings, although Prince did not mention him when he asked about other people who were there.
A prank’s spokesman told ABC: “Erik has said all there is to say to the committee and has nothing to add.
Prince also confirmed that his purpose was not to represent the Trump campaign in any way.  Nader was convicted of possession of child pornography, in a case rejected last month, arrested after capturing video clips of minors engaged in explicit behavior, his lawyers accusing rivals of attempting to discredit the Mueller probe.
He is a Lebanese-American businessman who has advised successive administrations and has been negotiating arms agreements, hostage situations and Middle East federations and opponents of the United States
He has appeared to a federal large jury besides sitting for interviews with Mueller’s
Prince told Fox News: “I have never ever represented anyone from the trump transition, and it the only reason I went to the Seychelles was to see UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.
“No one from the trump transition team knew I was going,” he said.