The Russian lawyer who attended the notorious Trump Tower meeting with senior Trump campaign officials in 2016 has been indicted on an obstruction of justice charge for lying about her collusion with Russian officials, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday. The indictment claims Natalia Veselnitskaya was working closely in secret with Russian officials while covering-up her back-channel in U.S. court. While representing Russian real-estate conglomerate Prevezon in a federal money-laundering case involving corrupt Russian officials, Veselnitskaya intentionally misled the feds by presenting supposedly independent evidence from the Russian prosecutors office about her clients without disclosing that she had participated in drafting that information with the help of “a senior Russian prosecutor,” the U.S. government alleges. The grand-jury charge claims to show that U.S. officials have accessed communications between Veselnitskaya and her government colleagues back in … [Read more...] about Trump Tower Meeting Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya Charged With Lying About Secret Work with Russian Officials
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Erik Prince, the former CEO of the controversial security firm Blackwater, has admitted in an Al Jazeera interview to attending an August 2016 campaign meeting at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr. The New York Times had reported last year that Prince arranged and attended a meeting with an adviser to the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, who then told Trump Jr. that the UAE and Saudi Arabia wanted to help Trump win the election. But this is the first time Prince has admitted that he was at the meeting and the discussion was about Iran policy. This revelation is more proof that Prince may have lied to Congress during his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. Prince, who is the younger brother of Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, told Congress in November 2017 that he had no formal communication with the Trump campaign beyond “sending papers” on foreign policy to Steve Bannon, who was the campaign chairman. As Mother Jones reported in … [Read more...] about Blackwater Founder Erik Prince finally admits he attended a controversial Trump Tower meeting
Former head of mercenary business Blackwater Erik Prince revealed in a bombshell interview Friday that he attended a meeting in Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr. and a representative of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to discuss “Iran policy” during the presidential campaign. It was the first time he has publicly acknowledged such a meeting. Prince said in congressional testimony in 2017 that he had no “official” or “unofficial” role in the campaign — other than a “yard sign” and writing “papers” — according to the transcript of his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. Nor did he mention the meeting in his testimony, according to transcripts. The New York Times reported last year that Prince organized the 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with President Donald Trump’s eldest son and Lebanese-American businessman George Nader. Nader revealed at the meeting that the United … [Read more...] about Ex-Mercenary CEO Erik Prince Admits To Trump Tower Meet With Donald Jr. And Saudi Emissary
Mehdi Hasan interviews Erik Prince on Al Jazeera’s Head to Head. Video: Al Jazeera Did Erik Prince perjure himself in front of Congress? The founder and former CEO of the notorious private security firm Blackwater — and younger brother of hapless Education Secretary Betsy DeVos — is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump. Prince donated $250,000 to help the president get elected in 2016. Since the election, however, his ties to the scandal-plagued Trump campaign have come under increased scrutiny. Prince has been questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller, as part of the ongoing investigation into alleged collusion with Russia, and even provided Mueller “total access to his phone and computer.” Speaking under oath before the House Intelligence Committee in November 2017, Prince denied any formal connections to the Trump campaign, saying that he “played no official, or really, unofficial role.” Yet, in May 2018, the … [Read more...] about Did Blackwater’s Erik Prince Lie to Congress About a Trump Tower Meeting? I Asked Him.
Two Russian lobbyists met with top Trump campaign officials in June 2016, with the promise of “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. The meeting itself — pitched by British music promoter Rob Goldstone to Don Jr. — came with the tagline of being part of the Russian government’s support for Trump. House Investigators are interested in the meeting itself, which featured Paul Manafort, Don. Jr., and Jared Kushner. They also appear to be interested in a statement that Don Jr. issued about the meeting in July 2017, and how it was coordinated. House investigators are interested in the following witnesses and entities: -Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg -Translator for the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting Anatoli Samochornov -Private equity executive and cousin of Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg Andrew Intrater -Former chief of staff to Don McGahn Annie Donaldson -Brad Parscale, digital media director for Trump’s 2016 campaign, vendor to the Trump Inaugural Committee … [Read more...] about Dems Request Docs On June 2016 Trump Tower Meeting, Trump Jr. Statement Covering It Up