Bannon encouraging Blackwater founder to primary Wyoming senator: report
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Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is pushing Blackwater founder Erik Prince to challenge Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoTrump’s infrastructure plan may slip to next month Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism Trump's infrastructure team to huddle with senators MORE (R-Wyo.) in the state's 2018 Republican senate primary, according to The New York Times.

Prince, who is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosTrump’s first year in office was the year of the woman Bannon gives closed-door testimony to House Intel panel Company with DeVos ties awarded Education Dept debt-collection contract: report MORE, reportedly traveled to Wyoming this weekend to find out how to establish residency in the state.

A source told the Times that Prince has told DeVos that he wants to challenge Barrasso, who serves as a senior member of GOP leadership in the Senate. 

The report comes as Bannon, who currently serves as the chairman of Breitbart News, is pushing for a number of anti-establishment figures to challenge sitting Republican senators in next year's primaries. 

Bannon has allied himself with Prince as recently as August, when Prince urged President Trump to use contractors in place of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. 

While National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: GOP chair blames Dems for defense budget holdup | FDA, Pentagon to speed approval of battlefield drugs | Mattis calls North Korea situation 'sobering' Mattis: North Korea situation 'sobering' Trump administration withholds million from UN agency for Palestinians MORE were opposed to the idea, Bannon was reportedly in favor. 

Prince founded the private military company Blackwater in 1997. 

The company fell under scrutiny when four of its members were convicted in 2007 of killing 14 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad.