The Blackwater founder Erik Prince arriving for a closed meeting with members of the House Intelligence Committee on November 30 in Washington.
 Associated Press/Jacquelyn Martin

  • A Russian plane with ties to the Kremlin flew to the Seychelles before a secret 2017 meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a report.
  • The special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating a series of meetings in the Seychelles as part of the Trump-Russia investigation.
  • The plane was reportedly owned by the Russian billionaire Andrei Skoch, who now serves as a deputy in the Russian State Duma.
  • The new details have prompted speculation over whether the meeting was truly an impromptu encounter, as the Trump associate has claimed, or whether it was arranged deliberately to discuss US sanctions against Russia.