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and Prince told the Office that he likely showed that image to Bannon. 1088 Prince also believed he provided Bannon with Dmitriev's contact information. 1089 According to Prince, Bannon instructed Prince not to follow up with Dmitriev, and Prince had the impression that the issue was not a priority for Bannon.1090 Prince related that Bannon did not appear angry, just relatively uninterested. 1091
Bannon, by contrast, told the Office that he never discussed with Prince anything regarding Dmitriev, RDIF, or any meetings with Russian individuals or people associated with Putin. 1092 Bannon also stated that had Prince mentioned such a meeting, Bannon would have remembered it, and Bannon would have objected to such a meeting having taken place. 1093
The conflicting accounts provided by Bannon and Prince could not be independently clarified by reviewing their communications, because neither one was able to produce any of the messages they exchanged in the time period surrounding the Seychelles meeting. Prince's phone contained no text messages prior to March 2017, though provider records indicate that he and Bannon exchanged dozens of messages.1094 Prince denied deleting any messages but claimed he did not know why there were no messages on his device before March 2017. 1095 Bannon's devices similarly contained no messages in the relevant time period, and Bannon also stated he did not know why messages did not appear on his device. 1096 Bannon told the Office that, during both the months before and after the Seychelles meeting, he regularly used his personal Blackberry and personal email for work-related communications (including those with Prince), and he took no steps to preserve these work communications.1097
d. Kirill Dmitriev's Post-Election Contact with Rick Gerson Regarding U.S.
Dmitriev's contacts during the transition period were not limited to those facilitated by Nader. In approximately late November 2016, the UAE national security advisor introduced Dmitriev to Rick Gerson, a friend of Jared Kushner who runs a hedge fund in New York. 1098 Gerson stated he had no formal role in the transition and had no involvement in the Trump
1088 Prince 5/3/18 302, at 5; 1/16/17 Image on Prince Phone (on file with the Office). 1089 Prince 5/3/18 302, at 5. 1090 Prince 5/3/18 302, at 5. 1091 Prince 5/3/18 302, at 5. 1092 Bannon 10/26/18 302, at 10-11. 1093 Bannon 10/26/18 302, at 10-11. 1094 Call Records of Erik Prince 1095 Prince 4/4/18 302, at 6. 1096 Bannon 10/26/18 302, at 11; Bannon 2/14/18 302, at 36. 1097 Bannon 10/26/18 302, at 11. 1098 Gerson 6/5/18 302, at 1, 3; 11/26/16 Text Message, Dmitriev to Gerson; 1/25/17 Text Message,
Dmitriev to Nader.
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|Jared Kushner||Richard Gerson||Stephen Bannon||George Nader||Erik Prince|
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|Russian Direct Investment Fund|