Erik Prince Sought Investment From Sanctioned Russian Bank To Help Trump

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Erik Prince reportedly approached a sanctioned Russian firm about investing in job creation in the U.S. Midwest.

Blackwater founder Erik Prince reportedly sought the help of a sanctioned Russian firm to invest in job creation in the Midwestern United States in hopes of pleasing President Donald Trump’s core supporters, according to a memo obtained by The Daily Beast.

Via RawStory:

> The memo details a meeting that took place in the Seychelles on January 17th, 2017 between Prince and Kirill Dmitriev, the CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund that has been sanctioned by the United States due to its relationship with VEB, the Russian state development bank.

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> Specifically, the memo states that Prince and Dmitriev discussed “win-win economic investment initiatives that will be supported by both electorates,” including Russian companies making “investments with RDIF financing to serve the U.S. market in the Midwest, creating real jobs for hard hit area with high employment.”

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> While many of the proposals discussed during the meeting would ordinarily not be controversial, the fact that they were discussed with an incoming administration that had just benefited from Russia’s efforts to interfere in an American presidential election is raising eyebrows.

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