Prince, the one-time Blackwater USA chief who had a remote
role in the Donald Trump campaign, told the House Intelligence
Committee that the Barrack Obama administration had him under
surveillance and “that’s illegal.”
committee on Wednesday released a transcript of Mr.Prince’s
Nov. 30 testimony in which he talked about a business trip to
the Indian Ocean country of Seychelles to hold a summit with
United Arab Emirates business partners.
the Jan. 11, 2017 meeting, he said he was introduced to a
Russian fund manger, Kirill Dmitriev, with whom he had an
unscheduled 30-minute discussion at a bar.
really bothers me and what I would hope the intelligence
committee is doing is question why Americans that were caught up
in the waves of signals intelligence, why on Earth would the
Washington Post be running an article on any meeting that a
private citizen, me, was having in a foreign country?” the
former Navy SEAL testified.
illegal. That is a political abuse of the intelligence
infrastructure. And that is really dangerous, especially as this
committee and the Congress thinks about reauthorizing very
wide-ranging intelligence authorities to dig into private
Americans electronic communications of any sort.”
said he was told that an Obama national security council staffer
leaked the story to the Post.
Washington Times reported on Wednesday about Obama national
security aides making long, concerted efforts in public and
private to damage President Trump as candidate, president-elect
surveilled in the closing days of the Obama administration.
administration opened a counter-intelligence investigation into
the Trump campaign in July 2016. The FBI based it in part on a
Democratic Party-funded dossier filled with unproven allegations
against Trump and his people.
he had an unofficial limited role in the campaign. He submitted
a few policy papers to adviser Steven Bannon. He met Mr. Trump
briefly at a fund raiser photo op.
his Blackwater USA security firm which was relied on greatly by
the military and diplomats overseas. He is now a global
businessman and private equity firm member.
have been media reports he proposed a private spy service for
the U.S. government. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders
said there is no such proposal being weighed.