'Man of mystery' cooperates with Mueller in Russian Federation probe

Violet Powell
March 9, 2018

Nader - and the Seychelles meeting - are also of interest to Mueller's team as it examines whether any foreign money or assistance fueled the Trump campaign, and how Trump officials during the transition and early days of the administration communicated with foreign officials, particularly Russians.

The Washington Post has reported that Nader is cooperating with the special counsel and has told investigators that the meeting was an attempt to set up a back channel with Moscow. Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, who is running the panel's Russian Federation probe, declined to comment Thursday about whether he would call Nader or Prince for an interview.

Nader couldn't be reached for comment, and his lawyer declined to comment.

While there is no indication that Nader is suspected of wrongdoing, his knowledge of key meetings involving the Emiratis and others could be helpful to the special counsel in understanding the inner workings of the transition and possible efforts to influence key figures in the administration.

Rice sought the names of senior Trump officials in order to find out why Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the crown prince of the UAE, made a decision to visit NY late 2017, she told the committee in a closed-door interview, according to a CNN report at the time. Trump says there was no collusion between Moscow and his campaign and calls the investigation a witch hunt.

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Jackson said Gwala told him that the attackers sawed into his right calf (with a boring blade), damaging muscle, nerves and bone. Gwala's training partner Sandile Shange told the BBC that the attackers didn't want Gwala's phone, bike or watch.

Prince has sharply disputed that account, saying he did not present himself as a representative of the incoming administration.

The meeting with Kirill Dmitriev, the head of a Russian government-controlled wealth fund, was an unimportant encounter that happened while he was meeting with officials from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Prince said to legislators.

The information came from a witness who told Mueller's team that the meeting was meant to establish future relations between Washington and Moscow. The crown prince is widely known as MBZ. If that name rings a bell, it's because the New York Times just reported on Nader, and on how Mueller is interested in whether the UAE-yes, the nation Prince was meeting with on business-tried to "buy political influence" with the incoming Trump administration. Prince said Bannon vouched for MBZ during the conversation, calling him "a great guy". WaPo's reporting at the time also relied on anonymous sources - the legacy outlet has frequently used such journalistic techniques while reporting on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The issue of foreign officials talking about their meetings with Kushner and their perceptions of his vulnerabilities was a subject raised in McMaster's daily intelligence briefings, according to the current and former officials.

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