US Department of Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) Said Tuesday that his panel would do a criminal referral to the Department of Justice for possible false statements from Erik Prince, the billionaire founder of private military entrepreneur Blackwater and an ally of President Trump, submit.
"The evidence is so important that the Department of Justice needs to take this into account, Schiff said during a Washington Post Live event.
Among other things, Schiff pointed to a meeting that took place between Prince and nine days before Trump took office a Russian financier close to the Russian President Vladimir Putin took place in Seychelles. [19659006PrinceerklärtespätergegenüberdenKongressbeamtendiedieEinmischungRusslandsindiePräsidentschaftswahlenuntersuchtendassdasTreffenzufälligstattgefundenhabeundnichtaufGeheißdesankommendenPräsidenteneinberufenwordenseiVerwaltung-einZeugnisdasdieDemokratendesKongressesnunfürfalschhalten
Prince told investigators by Robert S. Mueller III, a version of the Seychelles meeting, which in many ways at odds with his in November Statement Promoted in the House Intelligence Committee in 2017
"We know from the report by Müller that this was not a coincidence," Schiff told reporter Robert Costa during an interview at the event. "We know there were communications after his return."
"In material terms, I believe that the evidence indicates that he likes to mislead our committee and the Justice Department needs to investigate whether there is a criminal case," Schiff added.
At this point in time, neither the Senate nor the US Intelligence Committee came across details on Prince's promise to Mueller and reached an agreement that would have allowed him to prosecute
Schiff pointed out that Prince had provided the Special Representative's team with proof that he was not using it "possibly problematic. "
" I think that the evidence strongly substantiates the material aspects, that it misleads our body and the Commission. The Ministry of Justice has to examine whether there is a case that can be prosecuted.
The Democrats of Congress are also investigating whether Jared Kushner and Donald Trum p Jr. had lied to them in their interviews with Congressional bodies.
Details in Mueller's report have bolstered many Democrats' concern that Trump Jr. lied about the details of the meeting in June 2016 that he and others from the Trump campaign held with a Russian lawyer who "dirty" Clinton "promises and seeks to discuss sanctions against Russia with the campaign.
The report has raised new concerns among home investigators that Kushner was misleading the legislature into preparing to take office. Associate, Rick Gerson, had a meeting with Dmitriev, the banker who met with Prince in Seychelles. However, the Democrats are reluctant to raise official charges against Kushner and Trump Jr. until they can see the substance of the newsroom in Mueller's report, as well as the minutes of the interviews the Special Adviser has had with these witnesses to see if they actually have lied to the law akers.
In a specific interview with Kushner and Trump Jr. Tuesday, Schiff refused a sentence and said he would not comment on these individuals.
"With Erik Prince's statement, we have reached a point of maturity that we consider appropriate," he added.
Shane Harris contributed to this report.