Despite not being a member of the Trump Administration, Blackwater founder, Erik Prince, was frequently referenced in the Mueller Report. While there was knowledge of his meeting with Russian, Kirill Dmitriev, there were other discoveries as well.
In July of 2016, Donald Trump famously asked Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton’s emails. According to the Mueller Report, Prince, who is the brother of Trump’s Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, also took the candidate up on his invitation.
Mueller and his team found that Prince funded a group whose mission was to hunt for Clinton’s 30,000 “missing” emails. The team was headed by former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, and also included Peter Smith and Barbara Leeden. Smith is a Republican activist and Leeden was a former aide to Chuck Grassley.
According to the Report, Leeden thought the hunt was successful, “Ledeen claimed to have obtained a trove of emails (from what she described as the ‘dark web’) that purported to be the deleted Clinton emails. Ledeen wanted to authenticate the emails and solicited contributions to fund that effort. Erik Prince provided funding to hire a tech advisor to ascertain the authenticity of the emails.”
The emails, however, did not prove to be authentic. Prince has a history of alleged lies and half truths. In March of this year, an interview with Prince and The Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan went viral for both Hasan’s strong questioning and Prince’s unbelievable answers.
— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) March 8, 2019
There were, apparently, other discrepancies in meetings that Prince took before and after the election. There is also potential evidence that Prince lied about these meetings in talks with Congress. More information about the Blackwater founder is likely to be revealed in the coming months.
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