The Persistent Influence of Trump's "Shadow Adviser" Erik Prince - 2019-11-06
The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that the Trump administration approached Blackwater founder and Trump shadow adviser Erik Prince about potentially buying a Ukrainian aerospace company that the U.S. government wants to prevent the Chinese government from acquiring. "Motor Sich is a leading maker of helicopter and airplane engines and the U.S. wants to scuttle its pending sale to a group of Chinese companies to keep Beijing from acquiring vital defense technology," according to the report. "A U.S. government official sought out Mr. Prince in Washington earlier this year. Mr. Prince expressed interest in Motor Sich, as long as the company remained a Ukrainian entity and he could receive its client list, the U.S. official said." Prince is an interesting choice if the White House wanted to prevent China from acquiring the firm. Prince's latest venture, Frontier Services Group, is a Hong Kong-based company and largely controlled by the Chinese government's powerful investment arm.
This story comes as BuzzFeed News published files from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, including dozens of pages of documents detailing some of Prince's role during the Trump campaign and transition. These files were produced by the FBI as part of its interviews with former top White House adviser Steve Bannon.