Special Counsel Robert Mueller's witch-hunt is now focused on a meeting held in the Seychelles in order to create a back channel between the incoming Trump administration and Russia - a practice adopted by past presidents, and even Hillary Clinton, with little controversy.
Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater and an informal adviser to Trump’s transition team, told the House Intelligence Committee that he met with Kirill Dmitriev, a Russian investor with close ties to President Vladimir Putin, by coincidence, noting he traveled to the Seychelles as a private businessman and was not representing the Trump transition team.
Congressional Democrats are accusing Prince, the brother of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, of lying under oath after CNN reported George Nadar, a Lebanese-American businessman who reportedly has connections with several Trump associates, was also at the meeting.
Nadar told investigators with Mueller's office that a meeting in the Seychelles was set up so a member of the Trump transition team could meet with a Russian representative to discuss the rocky relationship between the two countries prior to Trump's inaguration, according to CNN, which cited "two people familiar with the matter."
Mueller's investigation is not the first time a member of the Trump administration was demonized by the mainstream media for attempting to establish a back channel to improve relations with Russia.
White House Senior Advisor Jared Kuschner was lambasted by the mainstream media, and other opponents of President Trump, when the Washington Post reported he discussed setting up a secret back channel with the Russian ambassador during the transition period.
"Once the untouchable son-in-law in a White House where top aides jockey for the president’s ear, Jared Kushner has now been cast in a new role: reassuring people that he’s not going to resign, while colleagues question whether he can survive politically,' gleefully reported Politico.
As Infowars reported at the time, the use of back channels to promote diplomacy between two countries is not unprecedented, as past administrations have sought to use secret back channels as a means to promote dialogue and prevent war.
In the aftermath of June, 2009 military coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, a leftist widely seen as a threat to the Honduran political establishment and globalist corporate interests, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested using a longtime confidant, Lanny Davis, as a back-channel to Roberto Micheletti, the newly appointed Honduran interim president.
Davis, who served as an advisor to the Clintons during the Lewinsky scandal, was serving as an advisor to a group of prominent Honduran businessman at the time of the coup - businessman widely seen as supportive of the coup.
E-mails released by WikiLeaks revealed former President Bill Clinton attempted to serve as a back channel to both Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during negotiations on the country’s future within the Eurozone.
A list of talking points was provided by White House chief of staff Denis McDonough to Amitabh Desia, Clinton's foreign policy adviser. Two days after Clinton received the talking points, Greece received an 86 billion euro bailout in exchange for committing to further austerity measures.
As President Nixon prepared to travel to Moscow for a summit with Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev in 1972, then-National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger with Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin to keep Secretary of State William Rogers unaware about secret discussions between the Soviet Union and the White House.
Soviet-era documents released by the State Department in 2007 described Dobrynin’s thoughts on the meeting with Kissinger; Dobrynin called the meeting a "unique situation when the Special Assistant to the President secretly informs a foreign ambassador about what the Secretary of State knows and does not know."
The Kissinger-Dobrynin back channel has been widely credited with bringing about a period of détente between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Incoming President John F. Kennedy dispatched his brother, Robert Kennedy, to establish a back channel with Russia by meeting with one of Moscow’s agents in the United States, who was working undercover as a journalist for Izvestia.
In addition, despite efforts to equate Trump's back channel with Russia with treasonous collusion, no mention is made of Hillary Clinton's use of her position as Secretary of State to lobby for policies in return for financial contributions to the Clinton Foundation or speaking fees for her husband.
The Clinton Foundation received between $1-5 million from the Walton family, the owners of the retail giant Walmart, while Secretary Clinton lobbied the Indian government to reform their foreign direct investment policies to benefit American retailers like Walmart.
While his wife was Secretary of State, former President Bill Clinton received nearly $1,175,000 in fees for three speeches given in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In return, the Clinton State Department promoted two conferences to bring foreign commercial investment to Dubai.
Bill Clinton received speaking fees totaling over $500,000, while the Clinton Foundation received four donations totaling $2.35 million, from the chairman of a Russian company seeking State Department approval to acquire a Canadian company involved in mining uranium in the United States.