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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.”

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