Mueller Snags Blackwater Founder Erik Prince's Phones, Computer

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been provided "total access" to Blackwater founder Erik Prince's phones and computer, and is voluntarily cooperating with the Russia investigation, reports ABC News.

Prince, America's most famous private military contractor, admitted last week that he has "cooperated" with the Mueller probe after allegations of an alleged attempt to establish a backchannel emerged - something Prince has repeatedly denied. 

A spokesperson for Prince told ABC that Prince basically thinks the Mueller investigation is a farce, but he is cooperating. 

“As Mr. Prince told the Daily Beast he has spoken voluntarily with Congress and also cooperated completely with the Special Counsel’s investigation, including by providing them total access to his phones and computer,” the spokesperson said. “Mr. Prince has a lot of opinions about the various investigations, but there is no question that they are important and serious, and so Mr. Prince will keep his opinions to himself for now and to let the investigators do their work. All we will add is that much of the reporting and speculation about Mr. Prince in the media is inaccurate, and we are confident that when the investigators have finished their work, we will be able to put these distractions to the side.”

The Washington Post reported in April 2017 about a trip Prince took to Seychelles in January following Donald Trump's election, in which he allegedly met with a Russian official with close ties to Vladimir Putin. Prince, whose sister is Trump's education secretary, Betsy DeVos, testified before the US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence last November that he did not make the trip "to meet any Russian guy," and described his meeting with Kirill Dmitriev - the Putin-appointed head of Russian's sovereign wealth fund - as chance encounter "over a beer." 

That said, Mueller may have obtained evidence that calls Prince's account into question.

ABC News reported earlier this year that Mueller has obtained evidence that calls that testimony into question. Lebanese-American businessman George Nader, a key witness given limited immunity by Mueller, told investigators that he set up the meeting in the Seychelles between Prince and Dmitriev, sources familiar with the investigation told ABC News. Documents obtained by Mueller also suggest that before and after Prince met Nader in New York a week before the trip, Nader shared information with Prince about Dmitriev.

And that’s not the only potential inconsistency in Prince’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee that appears to have caught the attention of investigators.

Prince had a simple answer when asked by Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California, whether he ever had any "investments" or "business partnerships with Russian nationals."

"Zero," Prince replied. -ABC News

Two former business associates of Prince told ABC News that they have been approached by investigators looking into a pair of business proposals between the Prince-Founded Hong Kong-based security firm Frontier Services Group, and Russian nationals. 

For the proposed contract, named "Project Zulu," Prince and Streshinskiy, a dual Russian-Israeli citizen, each stood to make $21 million, or 20 percent of the proposed $216 million deal, according to the interim report. The deal fell through over a financial dispute, another former business associate said. -ABC News

One of the former associates who has worked with Prince since the 1990s conveyed a recent conversation with FBI investigators from Mueller's office:

"Are you aware of any falsehoods in the testimony that Erik Prince gave to the House Intelligence Committee?" the associate said agents asked him.

The associate said he told the agents about Prince's previously undisclosed alliance with Dimitriy Streshinskiy, a former Russian special forces soldier turned arms dealer and manufacturer.

According to a 2015 interim report from an internal investigation conducted for the company by an outside law firm, a man named “Dimitry,” whom two sources later told ABC News was actually Streshinskiy, acted as Prince's partner in an effort to secure a possibly illegal private security contract with Azerbaijan. -ABC News

That internal investigation, first reported by The Intercept in March, was turned over to the Department of Justice (DOJ) towards the end of President Obama's second term, reports ABC. The findings resulted in two senior company officials resigning in protest over Prince's alleged activities, according to ABC's source. 

Another former Prince associate told ABC that the FBI approached him about Frontier Service Group's association with the Russian state-owned energy firm Rostec - which asked Frontier to work on logistics for proposed refinery operations in Uganda and Tanzania. 

“Frontier Services Group was trying to build a relationship with Rostec to be the logistics guys,” the associate said, “and Rostec met with Erik.”

Work began, the associate said, but the deal fell through when the United States imposed sanctions on the Kremlin-run firm in 2014 because of Russian military operations in Ukraine, and the firm was never paid by the Russians. 

In response to questions from ABC News, a spokesperson for Prince said that neither deal came to fruition. -ABC News

"Any discussions between FSG and those individuals predated the existence of the Trump campaign, and never resulted in any business being done,” the spokesperson said.

That said, a third Prince business associate disputes the above characterization of events - saying it may have been "pre-Trump" and no "business" resulted from the meetings because the deals were never finalized. 

Prince on Weiner

As an aside, Prince said back on November 4, 2016 that after obtaining Anthony Weiner's laptop, the NYPD wanted to do a press conference announcing warrants and additional arrests, but received "huge pushback" from the Obama DOJ.

“From what I understand, up to the commissioner or at least the chief level in NYPD, they wanted to have a press conference, and DOJ, Washington people, political appointees have been exerting all kinds of undue pressure on them to back down,” Prince said - explaining that the NYPD finally threatened the FBI to reopen the Clinton email investigation or else they would go public with what they found. 

Prince claimed he had insider knowledge of the investigation that could help explain why FBI Director James Comey had to announce he was reopening the investigation into Clinton’s email server last week.

“Because of Weinergate and the sexting scandal, the NYPD started investigating it. Through a subpoena, through a warrant, they searched his laptop, and sure enough, found those 650,000 emails. They found way more stuff than just more information pertaining to the inappropriate sexting the guy was doing,” Prince claimed.

“They found State Department emails. They found a lot of other really damning criminal information, including money laundering, including the fact that Hillary went to this sex island with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Bill Clinton went there more than 20 times. Hillary Clinton went there at least six times,” he said.

“The amount of garbage that they found in these emails, of criminal activity by Hillary, by her immediate circle, and even by other Democratic members of Congress was so disgusting they gave it to the FBI, and they said, ‘We’re going to go public with this if you don’t reopen the investigation and you don’t do the right thing with timely indictments,’” Prince explained. -Breitbart

“NYPD was the first one to look at that laptop,” Prince elaborated. “Weiner and Huma Abedin, his wife – the closest adviser of Hillary Clinton for 20 years – have both flipped. They are cooperating with the government. They both have – they see potential jail time of many years for their crimes, for Huma Abedin sending and receiving and even storing hundreds of thousands of messages from the State Department server and from Hillary Clinton’s own homebrew server, which contained classified information. Weiner faces all kinds of exposure for the inappropriate sexting that was going on and for other information that they found.”

“So NYPD first gets that computer. They see how disgusting it is. They keep a copy of everything, and they pass a copy on to the FBI, which finally pushes the FBI off their chairs, making Comey reopen that investigation, which was indicated in the letter last week. The point being, NYPD has all the information, and they will pursue justice within their rights if the FBI doesn’t,” Prince contended.

“There is all kinds of criminal culpability through all the emails they’ve seen of that 650,000, including money laundering, underage sex, pay-for-play, and, of course, plenty of proof of inappropriate handling, sending/receiving of classified information, up to SAP level Special Access Programs,” he stated.

“So the plot thickens. NYPD was pushing because, as an article quoted one of the chiefs – that’s the level just below commissioner – he said as a parent, as a father with daughters, he could not let that level of evil continue,” Prince said.

Comments

Four chan The First Rule Mon, 06/25/2018 - 14:35 Permalink

QFT

"Mueller, Rosenstein, Sessions - they are the Crooked Deep State Trash that are protecting all the many, many Deep State criminals in DC.

 

The only way Justice will ever be done is to get rid of these three.

In the meantime, they will do everything possible under the sun to subvert justice in order to protect the Deep State."

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lew1024 Adolfsteinbergovitch Mon, 06/25/2018 - 15:05 Permalink

I agree, but I think Mueller is now trying to save himself by collecting blackmaterial.

There is a lot that Mueller could be put in jail, or worse, for having committed, lead, etc.

Get your mind around it, all of these high level people are criminals who will spend the rest of their lives in prison, best case. And it won't be a nice place for high level traitors.

That fact is what is driving all this, these people can't lose. The violence is far from completed. Prepare.

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chumbawamba lew1024 Mon, 06/25/2018 - 15:08 Permalink

Huh.

My take is that this is Get Out of Jail Free Card for the Prince.  They'll maybe discover evidence of all his dirty war dealings over the past generation of soldiers but when they go to prosecute they'll get a motion to discard all evidence because it was gained through the Fruit of the Poison Tree.  A parting gift delivered personally by the Deep State Ambassador.

-chumblez.

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CuttingEdge chumbawamba Mon, 06/25/2018 - 15:16 Permalink

Not reading this the same, Chumba.

I would put Prince above Mueller's sphere of ability to influence.

 

The question should be:

 

Is Mueller out of his corrupted fucking mind?

Picking on Blackwater's founder?

 

I mean, maybe 300-odd cut-throat (and some probably very loyal) mercs a finger tip away, and likely a long memory? One person above anyone else you could name who is well-connected to really bad people - not pussies like FBI Agents 1-5 or maybe Wiseman. Some evil cunts have been through the Blackwater farm. And they do nasty things. Offensive texting and ham-fisted entrapment aren't in their repertoire, Mr Mueller. Knee-capping is.

 

My crystal ball does not see a pleasant and healthy retirement for Mr Mueller. However, as I maintain, he has his own motivations for bringing the Trump era to an end. Motivations of a self-preservation variety. Uranium One, for starters. And how much other shite as FBI Director under Obumfuck? But the twat is getting real desperate to justify his continuance. Does he not see what a (growing) prize cunt he is becoming? We are talking legendary fuckwittery they'll be laughing at a hundred years from now.

 

I bag the rights on the TV series and movie rights...

 

I'm thinking a cross between the Keystone Cops, Inspector Cloussau and Mr Bean here. Obvious and a tad predictable, given his public track record as an "investigator", but what a back catalogue you could build up. A neverending supply of comedy material - a mixture of pathos, incompetence, downright stupidity, and some amateur skullduggery that the opposition see coming a mile off.

Driven by a dark, unrelenting desire to CYA for the entire swamp. And himself.

 

Maybe cast DeNiro in the lead...his character profile fits perfectly.

 

Should be a winner.

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I Am Jack's Ma… Looney Mon, 06/25/2018 - 14:26 Permalink

I’ll say it again:

Clapper’s report re ‘Russian hacking’ was a very highly unusual one, not least because the government never examined the DNC server, nor Assange, nor was it a compendium of analysts from most or all agencies (a dozen analysts Clapper ‘hand-picked) nor was there any sort of disputing analysis... nor was there anything approaching credible evidence for the conclusion.

Trump should order a FULL *intelligence agency* (excluding FBI/DOJ) review of the Clapper report, and a review of any extant evidence.

It all began with a lie.

There was no Russian hack.

There was no hack at all.

 

His name is Seth Rich.

 

 

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chubbar chumbawamba Mon, 06/25/2018 - 19:04 Permalink

It's about 5,000/month or about 208 a day figuring a 6 day work week. That's about 26 an hour.

How long does it take to process an indictment? I'm assuming that they have several grand jurys empaneled and that there are lists of people being indicted per "crime", probably several solo indictments as well.

I know it all takes time but I do know that Huber has something like 500 investigators working for him alone. I'm not sure that the numbers are so far out of whack as to be unrealistic.

Regardless, these numbers come from a federal registry, not sure why they'd be manufacturing those numbers.

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chumbawamba chubbar Mon, 06/25/2018 - 20:03 Permalink

Hmm.  I don't know who Huber is but how do you "know" he has 500 investigators?

Ok, so there's 38,000 sealed indictments.  However you look at it, 500 investigators cannot possibly process that number other than in a manner that mortgage foreclosures were processed in the 2007-2012 timeframe.  For all we know these indictments could very well be for, say, regular Americans accused of tax dodging.  That would seem more likely to me.  Maybe some amnesty program is being developed in unison with these "indictments" to give delinquent taxpayers a chance to avoid prosecution?  See, I can play Q, too.

Anyway, I guess we'll eventually find out, either way.

-chumblez.

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WasNotWuz66 FreeEarCandy Mon, 06/25/2018 - 19:26 Permalink

Lots of people are Jewish................  and Russian too.

You seem to take these IC statements as your biblical truth to refute actual facts.  Did you not ever hear of the IC making up shiite, then using their "pimps" in the news media to spread it around to gain traction?  Seems to be a kinda big factor in how the steely-dossier was making the rounds, not to mention the "pimpy" members of congress eager to take down DJT and leak/spread the nonsense

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TheReplacement I Am Jack's Ma… Mon, 06/25/2018 - 15:39 Permalink

Trump could do that but until the agencies are cleansed of political operatives (thousands) it is quite likely such a report will be tainted at best and a whitewash at worst.

Notice that the FBI has had quite a bit of turnover at the top of the pyramid.  The DoJ has had some but not yet enough.  Look at what has gone on with prosecutors in NY.  I think Trump is laying the groundwork before he really goes on the offensive.

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glenlloyd Juggernaut x2 Mon, 06/25/2018 - 17:04 Permalink

IDK, what makes you think he's on grindr?

As for the laptop, it seems odd that the NYPD would allow Comey to reopen and then immediately close the case against Hillary if in fact they were using the contents and disclosure of the laptop as incentive. If so why would Comey immediately close the case? Wouldn't that have triggered the NYPD investigation quite a while back?

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chunga InjectTheVenom Mon, 06/25/2018 - 14:27 Permalink

He isn't going to stop on his own, he must be stopped. 

Nobody is stopping him nor is anybody running parallel investigations into things like the laptop to keep him straight.

The AG is AWOL, and FBI and DOJ are hostile. That leaves congress, and the maverick.

It is my belief that Comey re-opened his investigation long enough to secure the laptop and all copies, then threaten and or kill everyone at NYPD who'd seen it. Once that was done he closed it again.

I'm talking to you reds in congress. Shit or get off the pot.

 

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Endgame Napoleon Joe Davola Mon, 06/25/2018 - 14:59 Permalink

Best way for all politicians, and for all managers in the so-called world o’ “work,” to shift the focus away from their absenteeism gangs is to shift attention to something else, particularly by invoking their non-work-related roles as parents.

If corruption exists to that degree—ugh—almost all of the big players have children, or children & grandchildren.

This is a country where childless Founders—J. Madison and G. Washington—had no children of their own, but in the fake-feminist world of contemporary politics, the family life of leaders is a front & center issue, with bigwigs claiming to do everything for their kids.

If all of these parents-in-charge are doing everything for the good of their kids, including Comey who mentioned his kids a lot in the media, we need to ask ourselves why, then, is our Republic on such shaky ground?

Aristocrats in Old Europe also did everything for their kids and their dynastic positions, not detaching their public & personal lives at all.

What we really need is for people in the highest ranks of leadership, whether or not they reproduced, to at least try to detach their personal lives from their professional lives, doing things for the sake of civic ideals that affect their kids no more or less than the voting citizenry they are supposed to represent in a Republic. 

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you_are_cleared_hot InjectTheVenom Mon, 06/25/2018 - 15:14 Permalink

Yawn... If Prince is a smoking gun then he would have been the 1st target of the Mueller (23+ layers) Team back when this investigation kicked off. Instead they focused on Manafort, grabbed his txts and computers, threatened him with jail...saw there was nothing there and then went to Cohen, grabbed his txts and computers, threatened him with jail...saw there was nothing there and then went to (well, you get the idea)

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