- New meetings are revealed between Trump associates and Russians
- A major Trump donor flew to Seychelles to meet a Vladimir Putin confidant
(CNN)In December, Donald Trump's son-in-law and close adviser met privately with the head of a Russian bank under U.S. sanctions.
1) Erik Prince meets a Russian official in Seychelles
- Erik Prince: Founder of former government security contractor Blackwater; major donor to Trump's presidential campaign; brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos; has ties to White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon
- Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan: Crown prince of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, a Persian Gulf nation strongly opposed to Iran
- Unnamed Russian businessman: Close to Putin
- Date: Mid-January 2016, before Trump's inauguration
- Place: Seychelles, a remote island nation in the Indian Ocean
- Topic: Zayed arranged a meeting between Prince and the Putin confidant to establish a possible back channel of communications between Moscow and the incoming Trump administration, a diplomatic source tells CNN.
- Why did Prince hold the meeting? How much influence does he have with the Trump administration?
2) Jared Kushner meets a Russian banker in New York
- Jared Kushner: Son-in-law and close adviser to Trump
- Sergey Gorkov: Chairman of Russian state-run development bank, Vnesheconombank (VEB), which is under U.S. sanctions; appointed to job by President Vladimir Putin
- Date: December 2016
- Place: New York City
- Topic: This is disputed. The White House says Kushner was acting as an adviser to President-elect Trump during the transition period and was a "conduit" to world leaders until Trump named a Secretary of State. The bank says Gorkov met with Kushner as he was meeting with banking and business officials worldwide to discuss a new strategic plan for the financially troubled bank.
- Why did Kushner meet with a Russian banker whose bank is under U.S. sanctions?
3) Carter Page meets a Russian spy in New York
- Carter Page: Former foreign policy advisor to Trump campaign who advocated warmer relations with Russia and criticized U.S. sanctions; has business ties to Russia through his consulting firm, which focuses on oil and gas in Russia and former Soviet republics; invested in Gazprom, a large Russian natural-gas company.
- Victor Podobnyy: A New York City-based Russian spy working out of Russia's mission to the United Nations from December 2012
- Date: Early 2013
- Place: New York City
- Topic: While Page was running his energy-consulting business, he met Podobnyy at an energy symposium in New York City. Thinking Podobnyy worked for Russia's U.N. mission, Page maintained contact with him, exchanging emails about the energy business and occasionally meeting, according to court records. At one meeting, Carter gave Podobnyy documents about the energy business.
- Do Page's interactions with Podobnyy signal any connection between him and the Kremlin?