Blackwater founder Erik Prince helped finance former Trump adviser Michael Flynn to find the deleted emails from Hillary Clinton and congressional investigators for his meeting with a Russian oligarch in Seychelles
According to the partially revised report, Flynn hired Republican activists Peter Smith and Barbara Ledeen, a longtime adviser to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, to track down the deleted emails. The move came after Trump said in July 2016 that he hoped Russia would "find the 30,000 missing e-mails" and repeatedly asked members of the campaign to find them.
"Ledeen claimed to have received a collection of e-mails (from what she described as the" dark net "that was supposedly the deleted Clinton e-mails.) Ledeen wanted to authenticate the e-mails and ask for posts, Erik Prince provided funding to hire a technical advisor to verify the authenticity of the emails. "The report said the emails were ultimately" not authentic. "
Prince, the brother of education minister Betsy DeVos, was unofficial adviser to the Trump campaign in 201
Prince claimed in November 2017 to the House Intelligence Committee that he coins coins coincidentally he met on a business trip with Dmitriev and did not act as a contact for the Trump-Ka mpagne.
"I did not fly there to meet a Russian man," said Prince to the committee .
But the Mueller report shows that Prince lied to Congress.
Dmitriev asked George Eder an adviser to the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates to introduce him to the Trump Transition Team officials and his colleagues. Nader then arranged the meeting in Seychelles, the report said.
Prior to the meeting, Nader met with Prince in New York to talk about Dmitriev, Müller said. Nader told Prince that the Russians "wanted to connect to the incoming Trump administration" and showed him Dmitriev's Wikipedia entry. Nader later forwarded documents from Dmitriev to Prince before the meeting.
"Dmitriev was not enthusiastic about the idea of a meeting with Prince, and Nader assured him that Prince was influencing the coming government," the report said.
Prince, Nader wrote to Dmitriev, "is met by Steve [benannt]. [Bannon] to meet you! I know him and he is very well connected and trusted by the New Team. His sister is now Minister of Education." [19659017"AccordingtoNaderPrincehadmadehimbelievethatBannonknewaboutPrince'supcomingmeetingwithDmitrievandPrinceadmittedthatitwasfairforNaderthatPrincewouldpassbyinformationaboutthetransitionteam"thereportsaid During the meeting, Prince and Dmitriev discussed relations between the US and Russia, Müller said, and Prince promised to raise issues with Bannon.
Prince told Muller's team that he had briefed Bannon about the meeting, but Bannon told Mueller investigators that "he never discussed Dmitriev with Prince."
"Bannon also said that Prince remembered such a meeting, Bannon said it recalls and Bannon objected that such a meeting had taken place, "the report said. "The contradictory reports provided by Bannon and Prince could not be independently verified by a review of their communications, as none of the news they had shared during the Seychelles meeting could be produced."
What a reasonable observer I could conclude that it was no coincidence that both Bannon and Prince had deleted a lot of relevant messages for the personal phone. Prince's phone did not include text messages before March 2017. However, the provider's records indicated that he and Bannon had exchanged dozens of messages. Mueller reports. Prince refused to erase messages but claimed that he did not know why there were no messages on his device before March 2017. Bannon's devices also did not contain any messages during that period, and Bannon also stated that he did not know why messages were not appear on his device. "