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 SchiffHouse erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Lobbying world 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 DeVosBetsy DeVosBiden Education Department hires vocal proponent of canceling student debt Erik Prince involved in push for experimental COVID-19 vaccine: report Biden administration reverses Trump-era policy that hampered probes of student loan companies 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 TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip 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.