Another Trump associate perjured himself? How many is that now?
Courtesy of TPM:
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) confirmed Sunday that Blackwater founder Erik Prince did not disclose a 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr. and others during testimony to committee members in late 2017, despite Prince acknowledging for the first time in a recent interview that the meeting did, in fact, take place.
“He did not disclose that meeting to our committee,” Schiff told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd in an interview. The New York Times first reported on the meeting in May.
“And in fact, as you can see from the published transcript of his interview, he was asked what kind of role he played, if any, in the campaign, and he said he had no role, apart from, on his own, submitting written papers, hanging a yard sign, or making a contribution,” Schiff said.
However, when Erik Prince was interviewed by Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan he said this:
So if you enjoyed the earlier Erik Prince @AJHeadtoHead clip, here’s the latest 1 – me asking him why he didn’t mention his secret Trump Tower meeting while under oath to Congress. His reply… 🙂
I wrote why it’s a big deal here:https://t.co/LBDUYluQlUpic.twitter.com/asicmHYPcS
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) March 8, 2019
In response to Prince’s claim that the transcript might be wrong, Schiff said this:
“There’s nothing wrong with our transcript,” Schiff said Sunday, adding later: “The interview certainly looks inconsistent with his testimony.”
“Bob Mueller has that testimony already, and Bob Mueller will have to make the decision about whether that rises to the level of deliberate falsehood,” Schiff said.
Questions about Prince’s candor, Schiff said, “have only been heightened now.” He wondered later of the meeting: “Why conceal it? Why withhold that information if there was nothing improper, no improper purpose in it?”
Those are good questions, and I have every confidence that both Mueller and the House Democrats are going to investigate it fully.