Erik Prince, former head of Blackwater and brother of Education Secretary Bety DeVos, admitted in an interview last night that he attended a meeting at Trump Tower.
Prince has not admitted this publicly before even though at one point news stories were circulating.
Per Prince, he attended a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and a representative of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to discuss Iran policy.
Prince did testify before the House Intelligence Committee and stated he had no role whether “official” or “unofficial” in the campaign, so the question is why was he there? Even better, what experience or knowledge does Don, Jr. or Jared Kushner have to contribute to the meeting?
In his transcripts, Prince does not even mention the meeting at Trump Tower.
At the meeting that the New York Times had reported on last year, Prince organized the meeting with Don, Jr. and George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman George Nader.
Nader revealed at the meeting that the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia wanted to aid Trump in his bid for the presidency, according to the Times.
Also present was Stephen Miller and Israeli social media expert Joel Zamel.
This meeting is separate from the Trump Tower meeting that has received much scrutiny with Kushner and Don, Jr., including multiple members of Trump’s campaign which included Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, and a Kremlin connected Russian lawyer.
Prince’s confession was during an interview on Al Jazeera’s “Head to Head.” When the host Mehdi Hasan read Prince’s testimony to him and said there was no mention of the meeting in the transcripts, Prince said the transcript was “wrong” and “not all of the discussion that day was transcribed.”
Very Trumpian like wouldn’t you say? Already blaming the Intelligence Committee.
The fact that now, more than two years later Prince mentions the meeting publicly, leads me to believe the House Intelligence Committee found out and that this story will unravel like the first Trump Tower meeting.
The importance of this meeting reverts back to foreign influence in the Trump campaign and administration.
Remember, Trump has made no effort to seek any sort of action against Saudi Arabia for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi who was a journalist for the Washington Post owned by Jeff Bezos who Trump considers an enemy since he doesn’t like what the paper writes about him.
Khashoggi’s death was confirmed by the CIA that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved, yet nothing from Trump and we already know that Trump favors the word of dictators over his own intelligence committees.
We also know that Jared Kushner has served as a backchannel to Saudi Arabia and there may be business and financial ties to Kushner and Trump.
As if this isn’t enough, there remains the issue of Kushner having top security clearance given to him by Trump over the objections of the FBI and this is being looked at by the House. However, Trump and the White House have refused to cooperate with handing over documents.
Prince’s testimony before the Intelligence Committee can be seen below.
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Alexander Hernandez is a practicing attorney since 1999 who enjoys blogging about politics when he is not riding his motorcycles or playing golf. He is also an Amazon best selling author.