Mueller probe uncovers attempt to create back channel with Russian Federation

  • Mueller probe uncovers attempt to create back channel with Russian Federation

Mueller probe uncovers attempt to create back channel with Russian Federation

According to Prince's testimony previous year, the officials at this first meeting suggested that Prince meet with Russian banker Kirill Dmitriev - who manages a state-run fund in Russia and is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin - at the bar of the local Four Season hotel.

The meeting was a chance encounter not a planned discussion, Prince later described to congressional investigators.

Citing people familiar with the matter, The Washington Post said that a witness cooperating with Mueller has told investigators the meeting was set up in advance so that a representative of the Trump transition team could meet with an emissary from Moscow to discuss future relations between the countries.

The Post said Nader has been cooperating with Mueller and has met numerous times with investigators since he was stopped and questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after he arrived at Washington's Dulles International Airport in January.

Mueller's team is reportedly in the process of looking into Trump's foreign business contacts and has asked Nader about the possibility that the UAE funneled money to Trump's campaign.

And he's told lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee that he didn't plan to meet Dmitriev in the Seychelles - and that he went there as a private businessman and not as an emissary of the Trump transition team, the Post reported.

USA intelligence agencies determined that Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 US election to help Trump, a Republican, defeat Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton.

The revelation could land Prince in trouble, as he has previously testified before Congress that he attended the Seychelles meeting as a businessman, not as a representative of the Trump administration. The crown prince is widely known as MBZ.

There are so many things being investigated here, it's hard to believe that Mueller isn't going to be able to prove some serious criminal misconduct.

According to the Post, investigators now suspect the Seychelles meeting may have been one of the first efforts to establish such a line of communications between the two governments.

In January of 2017, a billionaire donor to Donald Trump's presidential campaign allegedly tried to set up a secret meeting between the incoming administration and the Russian government.

Prince also told congressional investigators he did not remember when or where he had a conversation with Steve Bannon, then a senior Trump adviser, during which Bannon told Prince he had met MBZ in NY in December, just weeks before Prince traveled to the Seychelles.

Also Wednesday, it was revealed that Trump recently approached two key witnesses cooperating with Mueller about what they told investigators, breaking with the advice of his lawyers.