Judge Nap: Rick Gates Is Likely Providing a 'Treasure Trove' of Info to Mueller

Judge Andrew Napolitano said Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is being led down new "rabbit holes" in his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported "that a secret meeting in Seychelles just before the inauguration of Donald Trump was an effort to establish a back channel between the incoming administration and the Kremlin."

The Jan. 2017 meeting on the Indian Ocean islands was between Erik Prince, a Trump donor and the founder of the private security company Blackwater, and a Russian official said to be close to Vladimir Putin. 

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Prince later told lawmakers that the 30-minute meeting at a hotel bar was happenstance, not planned in advance.

Napolitano said Mueller has the authority to "go down any rabbit hole he wants" as more and more witnesses cooperate with investigators, such as businessman George Nader who reportedly helped set up the Seychelles meeting.

"We don't know what happened [in Seychelles], but if [Mueller] fails to investigate that, he's not doing his job. ... He must go down any rabbit hole he finds to see if there is any evidence of criminal behavior there," said Napolitano, who has said previously that the cooperation of Rick Gates is likely leading Mueller to a "treasure trove" of new leads.

The judge also reacted to a New York Times report that Trump asked his then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus about his meeting with Mueller's team after it occurred. 

The Fox News senior judicial analyst said Trump can ask people who work for him anything he wants and he does not see anything unlawful laid out in the report.

Napolitano said it is not the same as former Presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon "coaching" witnesses before they gave testimony. 

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