Betsy DeVos’ brother Erik Prince appears to have lied to the House Intelligence Committee while under oath.
The founder of controversial military contracting firm Blackwater was asked whether he had formal communication with the Trump campaign. He claimed that he sent “papers” outlining his foreign policy ideas to Steve Bannon—and put up a Trump yard sign.
On November 30, 2017, Prince was asked directly if there was “formal communication or contact with the campaign.” He denied any such contacts.
But a new report from the New York Times reveals that Price actually facilitated high-level meetings between Trump and foreign agents on Aug. 3, 2016.
Prince arranged for Donald Trump Jr. to meet with the crown princes who led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who were both eager to help Trump Sr. win the presidency.
Prince also arranged a meeting with an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation who created a multimillion-dollar proposal to help elect Trump, according to the Times.
Prince is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The two come from a wealthy Southwest Michigan family. Prince is a Naval Academy drop-out and a former intern of Trump-loving California congressman Dana Rohrabacher. He later become the head of a lucrative and controversial mercenary firm that worked in Iraq under George W. Bush.
The discrepancy has been noted by Mother Jones and analysts on Twitter.
Erik Prince has a LOT of explaining to do to the House Intelligence Committee.
Left: Prince’s sworn Nov. 30 testimony sharply downplaying his connection to the Trump campaign.
Right: Prince facilitating high level meetings for the campaign with foreign officials, per NYT pic.twitter.com/Yxpp8qKjJA
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) May 19, 2018