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) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump 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 DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosOn The Money: Economy adds 266K jobs in strong November | Lawmakers sprint to avoid shutdown | Appropriators to hold crucial talks this weekend | Trump asks Supreme Court to halt Deutsche Bank subpoenas GOP set for all-out battle over Michigan Senate seat 'Can I get a ride?' Removing an obstacle for families using school choice MORE, arranged a meeting between Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpWhite House calls Democratic witness's mentioning of president's youngest son 'classless' Lawmakers to watch during Wednesday's impeachment hearing Top Democrats knock Trump on World AIDS Day 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 KushnerDemocrat calls for investigation of possible 'inappropriate influence' by Trump in border wall contract Judge temporarily halts construction of a private border wall in Texas Mueller witness linked to Trump charged in scheme to illegally funnel money to Clinton campaign 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.”