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March 12, 2018 7:20 pm - NewsBehavingBadly.com

This morning, Bloomberg News led with this analysis of Robert Mueller’s probe into the Trump campaign:

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice is said to be close to completion, but he may set it aside while he finishes other key parts of his probe, such as possible collusion and the hacking of Democrats, according to current and former U.S. officials.

That’s because Mueller may calculate that if he tries to bring charges in the obstruction case — the part that may hit closest to Trump personally — witnesses may become less cooperative in other parts of the probe, or the president may move to shut it down altogether.

The revelation is a peek into Mueller’s calculations as he proceeds with his many-headed probe, while pressure builds from the president’s advisers and other Republicans to show progress or wrap it up.

But there may be another and more pressing reason, given that Team Trump has shown a pattern of outright deference to Russia (if not having already sold out to Vladimir Putin and Semion Mogilevich). It’s called evidence of high treason.

The fact that this kind of story — involving a Kremlin-connected Arab spy, Erik Prince, and a Seychelles meeting that turns out not to be the first — is appearing right now is no coincidence:

One of the Arab world’s top spies and a shadowy conduit to Vladimir Putin‘s Kremlin were present at a meeting in the Seychelles being probed by Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, DailyMail.com can disclose.

The meeting between Erik Prince, the Trump donor and billionaire Blackwater founder whose sister is education secretary Betsy DeVos, and Kirill Dmitriev, a Russian banker close to the Kremlin, was convened by the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed, who is the de factor joint ruler of the United Arab Emirates.

But DailyMail.com can disclose that also present were bin Zayed’s spy chief and a Palestinian seen as the crown prince’s personal conduit to Putin’s Kremlin.

The two men – Hamad al Mazroie, the de facto head of the UAE intelligence service, and Mohammed Dahlan, a bin Zayed adviser who is fluent in Russian – were never named by Prince when he testified to the House intelligence committee about the meeting.

It emerged last month that George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman and Middle East expert with ties to the Trump administration was present.

The sources claimed that the Seychelles meeting, which is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his probe into Russian meddling in the US election, is the tip of the iceberg.
The source close to bin Zayed claims that ‘Dahlan met with Erik Prince and the Russians several times’ in the Maldives – a second island archipelago.

Prince has never disclosed further meetings and told the House intel committee that he had not met Russians in any form after the Seychelles encounter.

Oh, my — now that is an inconvenient revelation for Mr. Prince, who is looking more and more like a prine candidate for Leavenwirth with each passing day.

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