Erik Prince, founder of the notorious and now-shuttered military contracting firm Blackwater, has faced off against inquisitors of all stripes.
A House oversight committee once grilled him for four hours about shootings and other acts of violence by Blackwater guards against civilians in the Iraqi war zone. Just last week, Prince testified before House investigators that he met an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Seychelles in January to establish a back channel between President Trump and Moscow. The meeting, he told reporters afterward, was a “meaningless fishing expedition.”
But on Wednesday, Prince — a Trump supporter whose sister Betsy DeVos is the U.S. education secretary — testified on matters far less consequential and on a far more modest stage: Courtroom 2C of the Loudoun County Courthouse in Leesburg, Va., about 40 miles west of the nation’s capital.