The UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russian Federation could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would be likely to require major concessions to Moscow on US sanctions, those officials said. He told congressional investigators that his meeting with Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, was a passing encounter over a drink at the bar of the Four Seasons in the Seychelles, an island nation in the Indian Ocean. 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. Prince has deep connections to the UAE, and had been contracted by them to created a private army for the Crown Prince. According to Prince, that's roughly 30 minutes, which is a weirdly long time to nurse a beer. "I remember telling him that if Franklin Roosevelt could work with Joseph Stalin to defeat Nazi fascism, then certainly Donald Trump could work with Vladimir Putin to defeat Islamic fascism". In fact, Prince-founder of the security firm Blackwater and brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos-testified to a House panel about it previous year.
Obama's National Security Adviser Susan Rice explained during a September 2017 House Intelligence Committee interview why she unmasked Prince and members of Trump's transition team.
Prince denied that he met with Dmitriev on behalf of Trump and referred reporters to his public comments on the meeting past year. According to The Post, Emirati officials were indeed under the impression that Prince was representing Trump at the meeting. Multiple news outlets confirmed that the donor, Erik Prince, met with a representative of Vladimir Putin in Seychelles, hoping to set up an intelligence agency-free back-channel between the two governments.
Prince has sharply disputed that account, saying he did not present himself as a representative of the incoming administration.
Democrats on the House intelligence committee are sounding alarms about testimony regarding who attended a January 2017 meeting in the Seychelles that's come under intense scrutiny in the Trump-Russia probes.
Based on information it has gathered, Mueller's office claimed that the meeting between Prince and Dmitriev had in fact been premeditated, and was meant to coordinate an eventual meeting between a representative of Trump's transition team and a Russian Federation emissary.
There's also the part of the investigation that is looking at whether Nader helped funnel money from the UAE and other foreign sources to the Trump campaign, which would be a huge violation of the law if it happened.