March 7 2018
Back in April of last year the Washington Post reported the completely idiotic, obviously false, made up fake news story that on January 11th (nine days from Trump's inaugural) former Navy Seal and businessman Erik Prince (founder of Blackwater - a private military company) had a meeting in the Seychelles (set up by officials from the United Arab Emirates) with Krill Dmitriev - a high level Russian official very close to Vladimir Putin. The purpose of the meeting said the Post "was to set up a back channel line of communication between the post-election Trump transition team and the Kremlin."
Now before I go on it needs be said that establishing back door communication channels to foreign governments is standard practice with incoming administrations - as they quietly set up in advance their diplomatic and foreign policy relationships. So if this is what Prince was doing it was perfectly legal, though rather odd or incredible for reasons cited below.
Now the Post reports that Prince previously told the House Intelligence Committee and the press that the meeting with Dmitriev was "by chance, unimportant and brief - of no significance." But now the Post has allegedly learned that Mueller has "evidence" from a witness contradicting Prince. The witness George Nader, a Lebanese American businessman (see), supposedly testified before Mueller's grand jury that Prince's meeting with the Putin confidant (which he supposedly helped arrange and attended) was pre-planned; that Prince presented himself to the UAE officials as an "unofficial envoy for President-Elect Trump;" and that the meeting's purpose was to create a secret, pre-inaugural communication channel between Trump and Putin.
If Trump was trying to establish a secret back door to Putin and the Kremlin AFTER the election, that proves there was no collusion DURING the election.
Now the question is (assuming that the story is true) why the urgency? What could have been of such vital, immediate, critical importance to Donald Trump that he couldn't wait just another nine days when he'd be president and could speak to Putin whenever he pleased, for whatever reason to his heart's content? WaPo's story doesn't make sense.
Moreover, if President-Elect Trump wanted a back channel line directly to Putin before the inaugural he didn't need Erik Prince (or anyone outside the transition team) to create that for him. A simple phone call, email, text message or note sent by courier to Russian Ambassador Kislyak would have worked just fine.
But come to think of it didn't Team Trump already do this? 14 days before Prince's Seychelles meeting Jared Kushner directed Mike Flynn - Trump's National Security Advisor to be - to contact Kislyac to discuss a range of issues with him. Right then and there in late December Trump had his secret backdoor diplomatic channel to Russia. In fact, according to Post reporter David Ignatius, "Flynn and Kislyac discussed plans for a Trump-Putin conversation sometime after the inauguration (see)."
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The story about Prince is patently bogus, or mostly false. If Prince had a UAE arranged pre-planned meeting with Dmitriev it had nothing to do with creating a diplomatic back channel between Trump and Putin - which was already established by Flynn with a Trump-Putin post-inaugural phone call in the works. Fake Russiagate, destroy-Trump MSM news doesn't get anymore absurd than this.
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