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 BarrassoMajor GOP donor Friess to enter Wyoming governor race EPA to conduct 'full review' of information requests for Pruitt records Overnight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes 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 DeVosDeVos might deal another blow to LGBTQ students DeVos pushes for school vouchers for military families despite opposition: report Study shows charter school performance debunking DeVos critics 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 MattisTop Dems demand answers from Trump over legality of Syria strikes Navy, Marines chiefs say no morale issues with transgender troops Overnight Defense: Trump praises Pompeo meeting with Kim | White House, Mattis deny reported rift over Syria strikes | Southwest pilot is Navy vet | Pentagon reform bill hits snag 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.