Rep. Schiff plans crim­i­nal re­fer­ral for Erik Prince

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The chair­man of the House in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee, Adam Schiff, is mak­ing a crim­i­nal re­fer­ral to the Jus­tice De­part­ment for the founder of the se­cu­rity firm Black­wa­ter, al­leg­ing he lied to his com­mit­tee in 2017.

Erik Prince tes­ti­fied to the panel that a meet­ing in the Sey­chelles islands with a Rus­sian linked to Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin was a chance en­counter. He said, “I didn’t fly there to meet any Rus­sian guy.” That’s con­tra­dicted by the spe­cial coun­sel’s re­port, which says the meet­ing was ar­ranged and there were com­mu­ni­ca­tions about it with Trump cam­paign ad­viser Steve Ban­non.

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