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Adviser to UAE crown prince reportedly cooperating in Mueller probe

Adviser to UAE crown prince reportedly cooperating in Mueller probe

The meeting in the Indian Ocean island nation in January 2017 was between Erik Prince, a prominent USA military contractor who is the brother of Trump's education secretary, and Kirill Dmitriev, the head of a Russian government-controlled wealth fund who is close to President Vladimir Putin, The Washington Post reported late on March 7. He has met numerous times with investigators.

Although Prince had no official role in the Trump transition team, The Intercept-citing a former senior US official that advised the transition-reported in January 2017 that he had weighed in on Defense and State Department candidates and provided advice on intelligence and defense. One person described Nader as an important witness in Mueller's efforts - one who has spoken repeatedly to investigators since his arrival in the United States.

Nader had also attended a December 2016 meeting in NY between senior Trump advisers and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Prince denied that he met with Dmitriev on behalf of Trump and referred reporters to his public comments on the meeting past year. The crown prince is widely known as MBZ.

H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, learned that Kushner had contacts with foreign officials, including from the UAE, that he did not coordinate through the National Security Council or officially report.

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that a secret meeting in the Seychelles just before U.S. President Donald Trump took office was an effort by his campaign to establish a back channel with the Kremlin, The Washington Post has reported.

The special counsel's questions about the Emiratis point to an investigation that has expanded beyond Russian meddling in the 2016 election to broader concerns about foreign influence during the presidential campaign and long after it concluded.

Nader has long served as an adviser to the UAE leadership, and in that role he met a few times with Trump officials, including Steve Bannon and the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, according to people familiar with the matter.

Nader couldn't be reached for comment and his lawyer declined to comment. Mueller is investigating Russia's role and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

Citing "two people familiar with the matter", the New York Times reported Tuesday evening that George Nader testified last week to the Mueller grand jury.

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