RSN Fundraising Banner
Schiff Says House Will Make Criminal Referral of Erik Prince for Possible Perjury
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50690"><span class="small">John Wagner and Karoun Demirjian, The Washington Post</span></a>   
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 13:05

Excerpt: "House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that his panel would make a criminal referral to the Justice Department regarding potential false testimony by Erik Prince, the billionaire founder of the private military contractor Blackwater and an ally of President Trump."

Erik Prince. (photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
Erik Prince. (photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)


Schiff Says House Will Make Criminal Referral of Erik Prince for Possible Perjury

By John Wagner and Karoun Demirjian, The Washington Post

30 April 19

 

ouse Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that his panel would make a criminal referral to the Justice Department regarding potential false testimony by Erik Prince, the billionaire founder of the private military contractor Blackwater and an ally of President Trump.

“The evidence is so weighty that the Justice Department needs to consider this,” Schiff said during a Washington Post Live event.

Among other things, Schiff pointed to a meeting that took place nine days before Trump took office between Prince and a Russian financier close to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin in the Seychelles islands.

Prince later told congressional officials examining Russia’s interference in the presidential election that the meeting happened by chance and was not taken at the behest of the incoming administration — testimony that congressional Democrats now think was false.

Prince told special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators a version of the Seychelles meeting that is at odds in several key respects with his sworn testimony to the House Intelligence Committee in November 2017.

“We know from the Mueller report that that was not a chance meeting,” Schiff told Post reporter Robert Costa during an interview at the event. “We know there were communications after he returned.”

“In very material ways I think the evidence strongly suggests that he willingly misled our committee and the Justice Department needs to consider whether there’s a prosecutable case,” Schiff added.

At this juncture, neither the Senate nor the House intelligence committees know the details of Prince’s proffer with Mueller — and whether he struck a deal that could shield him from prosecution.

Schiff noted Tuesday that if Prince gave the special counsel’s team information “under the condition it not be used against him, then being able to prove” that he lied to lawmakers “might be problematic.”

Congressional Democrats are also looking into whether White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. lied to them during their interviews with congressional panels.

Details in Mueller’s report have solidified many Democrats’ concerns that Trump Jr. lied to them about the details surrounding the June 2016 meeting that he and others from the Trump campaign held with a Russian lawyer promising “dirt” on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and seeking to discuss sanctions against Russia with the campaign.

The report has also sparked new concerns, among House investigators in particular, that Kushner misled lawmakers about the pre-inauguration contacts his business associate, Rick Gerson, had with Kirill Dmitriev, the banker who met with Prince in the Seychelles.

But Democrats are reluctant to levy official accusations against Kushner and Trump Jr. until they are able to view the substance of the redactions in Mueller’s report, as well as see the transcripts of the interviews the special counsel conducted with those witnesses, to determine whether they in fact lied to lawmakers.

When asked specifically about Kushner and Trump Jr. Tuesday, Schiff demurred, saying he would not comment on those individuals.

“We have reached the point of ripeness with Erik Prince’s testimony that we feel it appropriate to refer it,” he added.

In a separate interview at the Washington Post Live event, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said Republicans are also considering referring some congressional witnesses to the Justice Department for possibly lying to Congress.

Meadows said the GOP is looking at two or three people. He declined to name them but suggested at least one is connected to Fusion GPS, the firm behind a controversial dossier alleging Trump had personal and financial ties to Russia.

Email This Page

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner
 

Comments   

A note of caution regarding our comment sections:

For months a stream of media reports have warned of coordinated propaganda efforts targeting political websites based in the U.S., particularly in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

We too were alarmed at the patterns we were, and still are, seeing. It is clear that the provocateurs are far more savvy, disciplined, and purposeful than anything we have ever experienced before.

It is also clear that we still have elements of the same activity in our article discussion forums at this time.

We have hosted and encouraged reader expression since the turn of the century. The comments of our readers are the most vibrant, best-used interactive feature at Reader Supported News. Accordingly, we are strongly resistant to interrupting those services.

It is, however, important to note that in all likelihood hardened operatives are attempting to shape the dialog our community seeks to engage in.

Adapt and overcome.

Marc Ash
Founder, Reader Supported News

 
+7 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-30 17:52
Looks like we are in the season of criminal referrals. Lindsey Graham in the senate has just sent a bunch of criminal referrals to the justice department. Nunes is working on his list of criminal referrals. Christopher Steele has already been referred.

Now that the Mueller Probe is over and his indictments are complete, it is the time for the other side to be indicted.

But for me, I'd much rather see Prince indicted for his plans to invade Venezuela with a private army. This is just a proposal for murder for hire. If anyone is killed in Venezuela by Prince's mercenaries, it will be first degree murder. But his plans right now are a conspiracy to commit murder. The DOJ needs to get this guy and lock his ass up, so he does not kill anyone.
 
 
+3 # BetaTheta 2019-05-01 09:33
Artfully done, Rodion: Sweeten the plug for your favorite agenda (no Russian interference) with a genuinely progressive meme. Keep us confused.
 
 
+5 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-05-01 10:42
Lied???? So what!!! Elliot Abrams is back in power. The two of them will invade Venezuela.