In a blockbuster interview Friday night, Erik Prince, the former CEO of mercenary contractor and private military consultancy Blackwater admitted for the first time that he was present at meetings during the 2016 campaign that were held at Trump Tower. Those meetings included presidential son and senior White House adviser Donald Trump Jr., along with representatives of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The topic of the meeting, according to reports in HuffPost, were discussions of “Iran policy.”


The interview revelation could prove to be tremendously important, especially for Prince, because it’s the first time he has publicly admitted he was present at such a meeting. Not only that, in 2017 Prince testified under oath before a congressional committee that he had no “official” or “unofficial” role in the 2016 campaign to elect then-candidate Donald Trump. According to a transcript of his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Prince claimed that his involvement didn’t go beyond putting up a “yard sign” or writing papers.

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