In the lead up to the 2016 election, Donald Trump said that if people voted for Hillary Clinton there would be investigations happening from day one of the new presidency. Well the majority of Americans voted for Clinton, and Trump was correct in his assessment; we’ve had nothing but investigations going on from day one…into his presidency since he won with a minority of the vote.
According to a report by the Financial Times today,
‘Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater private security group and a close campaign adviser to Donald Trump, met a Russian financier with direct ties to Vladimir Putin’s family in the weeks leading up to Mr Trump’s inauguration.’
This is bad news for the Trump administration considering Special Council Bob Mueller has a cooperating witness, George Nadar, who says that Prince went to the Seychelles Islands specifically to set up a back-door communications route between Trump and the Kremlin. The man he met there, Kirill Dmitriev, is very closely associated with Vladimir Putin and his family.
Dmitriev’s wife, Natalia Popova, went to school with Putin’s youngest daughter, Yekaterina Tikhonova, and apparently the two were very close. So close in fact that their ties have helped Dmitriev secure a job running the Kremlin’s $10bn Russia Direct investment Fund, and has made him a powerful figure in the Kremlin. Dmitriev also sits on the board of Innopraktika, which is a foundation run by Putin’s daughter Yekaterina Tikhonova.
One doesn’t do as well as Dmitriev has without a lot of powerful connections. Those connections go all the way up to the very top of the Russian government. His ties with Putin should be a cause of great concern, considering one of Trump’s trusted advisors (Eric Prince) went all the way to the Seychelles to meet with the man in secret.
The tangled web of deceit being spun by Donald Trump and some in his sphere is very troubling and have led to a massive investigation. But it’s to be expected considering the fact that Trump said if people voted for Hillary it would lead to investigations from day one.
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