Erik Prince testifies before the House Intelligence Committee for over three hours regarding his attendance at January 2017 meeting in Seychelles with Kirill Dmitriev, head of the sanctioned Russian Direct Investment Fund. Prince reportedly declined to answer several questions from lawmakers. Following reports in March 2018 that Lebanese-American businessman George Nader was also involved in the meeting, House Democrats alleged that Prince’s original testimony to the Committee may have been misleading.
Erik Prince, the founder of the security contractor Blackwater and brother of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, reportedly held a secret meeting in the Seychelles in January 2017 in an apparent effort to establish back-channel communications between then-President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Prince, who did not have an official role with the Trump campaign or transition team but has connections to both Steve Bannon and mega-donor Rebekah Mercer, reportedly set up the meeting through Emirati associates while portraying himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump. Prince testified before the House Intelligence Committee in November 2017.