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Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Thursday, April 6, 2017 5:27:35 AM

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Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/blackwater-founder-held-secret-seychelles-meeting-to-establish-trump-putin-back-channel/2017/04/03/95908a08-1648-11e7-ada0-1489b735b3a3_story.html

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"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.

Though Prince had no formal role with the Trump campaign or transition team, he presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump to high-ranking Emiratis involved in setting up his meeting with the Putin confidant, according to the officials, who did not identify the Russian.

Prince was an avid supporter of Trump. After the Republican convention, he contributed $250,000 to Trump’s campaign, the national party and a pro-Trump super PAC led by GOP mega-donor Rebekah Mercer, records show. He has ties to people in Trump’s circle, including Stephen K. Bannon, now serving as the president’s chief strategist and senior counselor. Prince’s sister Betsy DeVos serves as education secretary in the Trump administration. And Prince was seen in the Trump transition offices in New York in December.

U.S. officials said the FBI has been scrutinizing the Seychelles meeting as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and alleged contacts between associates of Putin and Trump. The FBI declined to comment.

The Seychelles encounter, which one official said spanned two days, adds to an expanding web of connections between Russia and Americans with ties to Trump — contacts that the White House has been reluctant to acknowledge or explain until they have been exposed by news organizations."
taurine
Posted: Thursday, April 6, 2017 6:56:34 AM

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The first reflection nearly instantly came into my mind: Prince must be disinherited.
The second one is even better: Prince who holds documents issued by SA.
Lizanne
Posted: Thursday, April 6, 2017 10:51:03 AM

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I feel so strongly about the regime of the current president. He musts go. We must keep our country safe and it cannot be done with the current nonsensical beings of distrust. Keep our country safe and happy...
Elizabeth in NY~ (Lizanne)
Romany
Posted: Saturday, April 8, 2017 5:30:30 AM
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Ah, those Sychelles meetings weren't important - Jared Kushner even 'forgot' he'd ever been to any of them when he was asked about it under oath.Whistle Whistle
Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Saturday, April 8, 2017 7:37:40 AM

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Romany wrote:
Ah, those Sychelles meetings weren't important - Jared Kushner even 'forgot' he'd ever been to any of them when he was asked about it under oath.Whistle Whistle


Yes, his father in law taught him well. Monkey see, monkey do.

However, I doubt that forgetfulness, feigned or otherwise, is a valid legal defense. Anxious
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