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Trump associate, supporter and surrogate, Erik Prince reportedly become associated with the Trump-Russia scandal according to a report by the Washington Post. According to their report published on Wednesday, it was learned that the founder of the controversial Blackwater security company met with a Russian official prior to Donald Trump's inaguration in order to establish a back channel communication with the incoming administration.

The information came from what the report describes as "people familiar with the matter" and "who spoke on condition of anonymity," through the Mueller investigation, sourced from a witness cooperating with the Special Prosecutor.

 As seen in the video provided, the Washington Post reported on the secret meeting back in May of last year. The latest report confirms that the Mueller investigation has gathered evidence that the meeting was intended to establish that back channel. 

In mid-January, George Nader, a business man who was involved with organizing the secret meeting, was stopped at the Dulles airport, served a subpeona and questioned by the FBI. It's been reported that he has been cooperating with the FBI via the Muller investigation over the meeting. 

The report recalls that when Prince was questioned about the meeting in Seychelles by Congress and the press, he said that his meeting with the head of a Russian government-controlled wealth fund, Kirill Dmitriev, was unplanned and and unimportant. 

His denial is similar to the response that former Trump campaign team official, Carter Page, had given when he was asked about meeting with Russian officials, saying that his uninteresting encounter with Sergey Kislyak, the then Russian ambassador to the United States. But when questioned by Congress in November, Page was more forthcoming with the meeting, verifying much of the information in the infamous Steele Dossier.

[Image credit: Washington Post / YouTube]

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