Schiff: Erik Prince did not disclose 2016 Trump Tower meeting to Intelligence Committee

Schiff: Erik Prince did not disclose 2016 Trump Tower meeting to Intelligence Committee
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: Kushner accused of using WhatsApp, personal email for official work | White House rejects request for Trump-Putin communications | Facebook left 'hundreds of millions' of passwords unsecured | Tech pressured to root out extremism Five things to watch for as White House readies for Mueller report White House rejects Dem request for documents on Trump-Putin communications MORE (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that Erik Prince did not disclose during 2017 testimony to the panel that he had attended a 2016 Trump Tower meeting to discuss Iran.

Prince said during an interview that aired Friday on Al Jazeera's "Head to Head" that he was present at an Aug. 3, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower to "talk about Iran policy." He added that he disclosed the meeting during November 2017 testimony before the Intelligence Committee, even though it does not appear in a transcript of his testimony.

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Schiff said Sunday during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Prince, the former head of Blackwater and the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosTrump signs executive order on campus free speech Student loan debt: The government broke it, and must fix it DeVos: DOE to investigate if federal regs were broken in college admissions scandal MORE, was "certainly not telling the truth" about his testimony in the Al Jazeera interview.

"There’s nothing wrong with our transcript," Schiff said. "There was nothing wrong with the reporter who transcribed his testimony. He did not disclose that meeting to our committee.”

Prince suggested during his Al Jazeera interview that the transcript may have been wrong and said that "not all of the discussion that day was transcribed." 

The New York Times reported last year that Prince organized the 2016 meeting, which included Donald Trump Jr. and Lebanese-American businessman George Nader. Nader reportedly said during the meeting that the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia wanted to help President TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton and Ocasio-Cortez joke about Kushner's alleged use of WhatsApp Missouri Gov. declares state of emergency amid severe flooding Swalwell on Hicks testimony: 'She's going to have to tell us who she lied for' in Trump admin MORE, then a candidate, in his bid for the White House.

Schiff said Sunday that his concern is that "this is another concealed meeting."

"There are a lot of deeply concerning and unanswered questions that surround Erik Prince and his involvement with the campaign," he added.