Donald Trump's ally, Erik Prince, may have committed perjury, a congressman said after the former Navy Seal first said he had met with one of the US president's sons to " Iran policy ".
Mr. Prince, founder of the controversial Blackwater USA military, admitted he had met Donald Trump Jr. and an envoy for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Trump Tower prior to the presidential election.
Admission took place more than a year after the 49-year-old brother of US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos did not oathfully disclose the meeting to the House Intelligence Committee, according to a public record.
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According to The New York Times Mr. Prince organized the meeting in August 2016 with Trump's eldest son and Lebanese-American businessman George Nader. According to reports, Saudi Arabia and the United United Arab Emirates Mr. Trump in his application for the presidency.
The meeting was also reportedly attended by Stephen Miller, now Trump's senior political advisor, and an Israeli social media expert named Joel Zamel.
During the disastrous television interview with Al Jazeeera & # 39; Mehdi Hasan which aired on Friday, Prince acknowledged that the meeting had taken place, but said he was not looking for contacts asked with the House Committee's Trump campaign.
Following Hasan's intense and meticulous interrogation, he later changed course, suggesting that he reveal the assembly to lawmakers during the testimony.
According to the transcript, Republican Congressman Tom Rooney asked Mr. Prince, "So there were no more formal communications or contact with the campaign?" Regarding the Trump campaign.
Mr. Prince replied, "Right."
At the behest of Mr. Hasan, Mr. Prince suggested that they "possibly misread the transcript" to audible laughter of the studio audience.
"I do not know, I certainly remember talking to the investigators about this," Mr. Prince added.
Ted Lieu, a California congressman and a frequent Trump critic, shared Twitter footage of the interview and wrote, "Surely it looks like Erik Prince Perjury committed."
A former Special Adviser to the Department of Defense, Ryan Goodman, tweeted: "It now seems obvious that Erik Prince lied about the Trump Tower meeting with Don Jr. in August 2016."
Mr. Prince's comments are the first time anyone allegedly took part in the meeting. The first suggestion could relate to Iran.
The New York Times reported that Mr. Nader offered "help" to Trump Trump's candidacy on behalf of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, while Mr. Zemel offered his company a proposal to support the campaign through social media Tampering announced.
A lawyer from Donald Trump Jr. told the newspaper last year that his client "remembers" a meeting between Mr. Prince and Mr. Nader about a "social media platform or marketing strategy."
"He was not interested, and that was the end," he added.
Blackwater, which sold Mr. Prince in 2010, made headline news three years ago when its mercenaries killed 17 unarmed civilians in Iraq when they opened the fire in a crowded place in Baghdad.
Since the founding of Blackwater, the company has been awarded billions of dollars in US government security clearance and hundreds of millions of CIA classified information.
Mr. Prince was contacted comment.
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