Mueller examining whether Seychelles meeting aimed at creating back channel

Howard TerryMar 09, 2018

But the Washington Post reports that the meeting appears to have been arranged in advance as a way to set up a "back channel" between the Trump White House and the Kremlin.

Napolitano said Mueller has the authority to "go down any rabbit hole he wants" as more and more witnesses cooperate with investigators, such as businessman George Nader who reportedly helped set up the Seychelles meeting.

The two men, he said, spoke for no more than 30 minutes, or about the time it took him to drink a beer.

Nader was among those who attended meetings in in January 2017 in the Indian Ocean archipelago of Seychelles that also involved former Blackwater boss Erik Prince and a Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin. And then there's Prince's attempts to win business from the Trump administration for his private mercenary army in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

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

Mr. Nader is an adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates.

Nader has long served as an adviser to the UAE leadership, and in that role he met a few times with Trump officials, including Stephen K. Bannon and the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, according to people familiar with the matter. Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate possible Russian interference in the 2016 election, whether any Americans assisted in such efforts, and any other matters that arise in the course of his probe. Nader's account is considered key evidence - but not the only evidence - about what transpired in the Seychelles, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mueller's investigators continue to ask witnesses - including former national security adviser Mike Flynn - about how administration officials connected with foreign officials during the campaign, transition and the administration. He said the goal of the meeting was for a Trump representative to meet with a Russian official close to President Vladimir Putin to discuss relations between the two nations.

The investigation-porn that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is committing against Donald Trump and Republican voters all over the nation has reached the zenith of its tolerability.

One of Donald Trump's former campaign managers has arrived on Capitol Hill for a closed-door interview with the House Intelligence Committee as part of its Russian Federation investigation.

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