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Mar 9, 2018

Sum-Up: Mueller Interest In Trump Team Foreign Ties Extends Far Beyond Russia

Over the last few weeks, reporters have seen a number of signs that special counsel Robert Mueller is still conducting a robust collusion probe. This goes against earlier assumptions that his investigation was pivoting towards a focus on obstruction of justice by President Trump. We also learned this week that Mueller has already gained evidence that Russia may not be the only country that interfered in the election: Another key country in his probe is the United Arab Emirates. George Nader, a UAE adviser who became a cooperating witness in January, told Mueller that he helped organize a January 2017 meeting in the Seychelles between Blackwater’s Erik Prince and Putin-linked banker Kirill Dmitriev. Nader said the purpose of the meeting was to create a backchannel between the Trump team and the Russian government. This goes against Prince’s testimony about the meeting before Congress. But Prince, who served as an informal adviser to the Trump transition, does not seem concerned: On Thursday,…

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