White House Blows Off Russia Backchannel Story

A journalist writes a material as she watches a live telecast of the U.S. presidential election standing at portraits of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in the Union Jack pub in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Russia's lower house of parliament is applauding the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

So on Monday, the Washington Post featured a story about Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater and brother to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

The gist of the story was that Prince had met in January with a Russian close to Vladimir Putin, in an attempt to set up a backchannel line of communication between the Trump administration and Moscow.

Prince, not a member of the Trump transition team, or the current administration, reportedly presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump.

It’s a bit of a murky story, at best.

Prince is a supporter of Trump, as well as a donor. His closest tie is through his sister, DeVos, to be honest.

Speaking today on the story, WH Press Secretary Sean Spicer said:

“Respectfully, I would call it flimsy,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, criticizing the story as “a bunch of flimsy pieces of information all tied together to create a sensational” narrative.

The story piqued the interest of politicos, mainly because it’s one more quirky line in an already complicated tale of Russian entanglements with the new administration.

It remains to be seen if this particular news nugget grows legs, with the House Intelligence Committee probe about to kick back into gear.