During a recent interview, Blackwater founder Erik Prince admitted to attending a secret Trump Tower meeting in August 2016 with Donald Trump Jr.; then-campaign adviser Stephen Miller; George Nader, a convicted pedophile and an adviser to the United Arab Emirates; and Joel Zamel, an Israeli social media expert. When asked if Prince had lied to Congress by not disclosing this meeting, Prince repeatedly appeared to tell blatant lies in an attempt to avoid potential perjury charges.
Blackwater founder Erik Prince supported Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign by donating $250,000 to help his election, secretly met with an associate of Russian president Vladimir Putin in the Seychelles in January 2017, and is the brother of the incompetent U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
In a recent interview with reporter Mehdi Hasan from Al Jazeera’s “Head to Head,” Prince was asked about a secret meeting that he had attended at Trump Tower with Trump Jr., Stephen Miller, former Blackwater colleague George Nader, and an Israeli national on August 3, 2016. When questioned as to why he failed to disclose this meeting to Congress at his last hearing, Prince falsely stated that he did disclose the meeting as his left shoulder repeatedly twitched at a rapid pace.
Reading from the transcript of Prince’s testimony to Congress, Hasan pointed out that Prince had never disclosed this meeting at Trump Tower. In a recent Intercept article, Hasan recalled, “First, [Prince] said he wasn’t asked; then he said he told them about it; then he claimed that they made a mistake with the transcript; then he claimed that it was said off the record.”
Prince incessantly lied throughout the entire interview with Hasan. In a failed attempt to justify the Nisour Square massacre, Prince falsely claimed that a car bomb had detonated five minutes before the massacre began, but Hasan immediately pointed out that his claims were false and without any documented evidence.
In November 2017, Prince appeared before the House Intelligence Committee and denied any formal connections to the Trump campaign. But by recently admitting to this secret meeting at Trump Tower in 2016, Prince may have openly confessed to lying to Congress.
On Friday, Rep. Ted Lieu wrote on Twitter, “Sure looks like Erik Prince committed perjury.”