Erik Prince is a Major Point of Intersection Between Russian Collusion and Comeygate
Seth Abramson documented Prince’s part in the writing of the Comey letter.
“Information presently public and available confirms that Erik Prince, Rudy Giuliani, and Donald Trump conspired to intimidate FBI Director James Comey into interfering in, and thus directly affecting, the 2016 presidential election. This conspiracy was made possible with the assistance of officers in the New York Police Department and agents within the New York field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. All of the major actors in the conspiracy have already confessed to its particulars either in word or in deed; moreover, all of the major actors have publicly exhibited consciousness of guilt after the fact. This assessment has already been the subject of articles in news outlets on both sides of the political spectrum, but has not yet received substantial investigation by major media.”
Then a few weeks ago we got news of Prince’s meeting in the UAE about removing Russian sanctions. So that was already an intersection.
“The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials.”
“The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would be likely to require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions.”
Speaking of intersections we now know that Comey’s initial press conference was also the result of Russian active measures. This based on what we learned about it in the NY Times piece on Comey last weekend.
“During Russia’s hacking campaign against the United States, intelligence agencies could peer, at times, into Russian networks and see what had been taken. Early last year, F.B.I. agents received a batch of hacked documents, and one caught their attention”.
“The document, which has been described as both a memo and an email, was written by a Democratic operative who expressed confidence that Ms. Lynch would keep the Clinton investigation from going too far, according to several former officials familiar with the document.”
“Read one way, it was standard Washington political chatter. Read another way, it suggested that a political operative might have insight into Ms. Lynch’s thinking.”
Now we have some more news on Erik Prince
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) April 25, 2017
It’s pretty clear that Erik Prince has been advising the Trump campaign.
The Intercept had this 3 months earlier.
So that’s the learning curve of the MSM.
The Trump team claims he has had no role but what they mean is he’s had no formal role. But then, neither did, G. Gordon Liddy, Don Segretti and Roger Stone for Nixon in 1972. Neither did Roger Stone in 2016.
One has to be pretty innocent to assume that no formal role means no role. Often it’s the informal roles which are most important.
Now we hear that Prince advised Trump on ‘restructuring’ US intel agencies prior to meeting with a top Putin Aide.
(!!) Erik Prince reportedly advised Trump team on "restructuring" US intel agencies before meeting w/top Putin aide.https://t.co/Mh2PfTcROQ
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) April 18, 2017
So yet another major point of intersection between Comeygate and Russia collusion.
“In the very public, post-election parade of dignitaries, confidantes and job-seekers filing in and out of Donald Trump’s marquee Manhattan tower, Blackwater founder Erik Prince was largely out of sight. And yet Prince was very much a presence, providing advice to Trump’s inner circle, including his top national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, according to people familiar with his activities.”
Of course he was out of sight. He’s damaged goods post Blackwater. But again, informal roles can be most important. His role is pretty significant.
“Trump was weakest in the area where the stakes were highest — foreign affairs. Among those his aides turned to was Prince, a man whose specialty is paramilitary security forces, and whose company is best remembered after its employees were convicted of killing Iraqi citizens, including children, in the notorious 2007 Nisour Square gun battle. Prince wasn’t implicated in the shootings. In the decade since, Prince has carved out a role as a controversial critic of U.S. policies to fight terrorism, a view often espoused by the incoming Trump administration, which was eager to ramp up its anti-terrorism policies.”
He wasn’t implicated in the shootings doesn’t mean he wasn’t guilty, just that he had good lawyers.
“According to people familiar with his activities, Prince entered Trump Tower through the back, like others who wanted to avoid the media spotlight, and huddled with members of the president-elect’s team to discuss intelligence and security issues. The conversations provide a glimpse of Prince’s relationship with an administration that’s distanced itself from him since the Washington Post reported earlier this month that Prince had met with a top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Seychelles in January.”
“Erik had no role in the transition,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said again when asked about Prince last week.
“A Prince spokesman in London said the same in a prepared statement: “Erik had no role on the transition team. This is a complete fabrication. The meeting had nothing to do with President Trump.” The statement also questioned whether Prince’s activities were being monitored. “Why is the so-called under-resourced intelligence community messing around with surveillance of American citizens when they should be hunting terrorists?”
Actually we were hoping Mr. Prince could explain that one. If he has been surveilled what makes him a person of interest?
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