Erik Prince says he 'cooperated’ with Mueller
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Erik Prince, the founder of the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater, said in an interview published Tuesday that he cooperated with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE in his probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

"I have spoken voluntarily to Congress and I also cooperated with the special counsel," Prince told the Daily Beast

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"I have plenty of opinions about the various investigations but there’s no question some people are taking it seriously and I think it’s best to keep my opinion on that to myself for now. All I will add is that much of the reporting about me in the media is inaccurate, and I am confident that when the investigators have finished their work, we will be able to put these distractions to the side," he continued. 

The New York Times reported last month that Prince, who is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Biden administration reversing Trump ban on pandemic aid for undocumented students Biden taps ex-consumer bureau chief to oversee student loans MORE, arranged a meeting between Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpBook claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents Trump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball Trump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run MORE and a Gulf emissary in August 2016, a few months before the presidential election.

The Times reported that the meeting marked the first indication that a country other than Russia may have offered to help the Trump campaign before the election.

Mueller has also looked into New York-based hedge fund manager and close friend of Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerNew Kushner group aims to promote relations between Arab states, Israel Republicans request documents on Kerry's security clearance process Iran moves closer to a diplomatic breakthrough that may upset Israel MORE Richard Gerson and his connections to various meetings between foreign officials and Trump associates. 

Gerson was reportedly in Seychelles in January 2017, which was the same time Prince was in the country to secretly meet with United Arab Emirates (UAE) Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and other UAE officials, according to NBC News.

Mueller is reportedly probing whether the Seychelles meeting between Prince and UAE officials was aimed at setting up a back channel between the Trump campaign and Russia. 

Prince told the New York Observer last year that the meeting was not related to the Trump campaign.

“We talked about the Russian business climate, where we thought oil was headed price-wise and how much he thought Russia would like to do business in America,” Prince said. 

“It had nothing to do with national security, the Trump campaign or anything else.”