Modal close

Hi there,

You trust Democracy Now! to bring you the news stories and global headlines you won't find anywhere else. But did you know that Democracy Now! never accepts money from advertisers, corporate underwriters or governments? This allows us to maintain the editorial independence you rely on—but it also means we need your help. If everyone seeing this gave just $4 a month, it would more than cover our expenses for the entire year—and today a donor will DOUBLE your first month. Please do your part. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else. Thank you so much!
-Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Donate

Erik Prince Admits He Met with Trump Campaign in 2016

HeadlineMar 11, 2019

Erik Prince, founder of private security company Blackwater, said in a recent Al Jazeera interview that he met with Trump campaign representatives in August 2016, despite not disclosing the meeting during a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee in 2017, according to official transcripts. This is Prince speaking with reporter and host Mehdi Hasan.

Mehdi Hasan: “They specifically asked you, 'What contacts do you have?' And you didn’t answer that.”

Erik Prince: “I don’t believe I was asked that question.”

Mehdi Hasan: “You were asked, 'Were there any formal communications or contact with the campaign?' You said, 'Apart from writing papers, putting up yard signs, no.' That’s what you said. I’ve got the transcript of the conversation here.”

Erik Prince: “Sure. I mean, I might have been—I think I was at Trump headquarters or the campaign headquarters maybe.”

Mehdi Hasan: “Trump Tower, August 3rd, 2016.”

Erik Prince: “Possible.”

Mehdi Hasan: “You, an Israeli dude, a back channel to the Emiratis and the Saudis, Don Jr., Stephen Miller.”

Erik Prince: “We were there to talk about Iran policy.”

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation
Up arrowTop