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British spy recruited by Erik Prince ran 'honeypot ops' with female spies to discredit Trump enemies

Donald Trump's allies were so intent on rooting out a 'deep state' working against him that they employed a British spy to recruit women as 'honeytraps', intent on ferreting out critics of the then-president while on dates at DC restaurants.

The spying scheme was orchestrated in part by Project Veritas, according to The New York Times. It targeted members of the FBI, the State Department and even Trump's national security adviser,  H.R. McMaster. It's unclear if Trump knew about it when it was going on in 2017 . 

Former British spy Richard Seddon trained the women at the Wyoming ranch of Erik Prince - Betsy DeVos' brother.  

Various women were recruited for it, including Texas journalist Tarah Price and former Survivor contestant Anna Khait, who was among Trump supporters at the Capitol on January 6. 

Their job was to go to dinner with government officials and agents in DC and try to record them disparaging Trump. They'd then report back to Project Veritas. Richard Seddon, a former MI6 agent, hired glamorous women to seduce high profile targets. 

The Times reports that Price was paid $10,000 to try to seduce McMaster - often seen as more loyal to the country than he was to Trump.

Khait was tasked with seducing State Department employees into admitting, on fake dates, filmed undercover, that they disliked Trump and wanted to thwart him. 

Khait has admitted taking part in the project but says she 'never kissed anyone'. 

Russian-born pro poker player and former contestant on the television program Survivor, Anna Khait (pictured) was tasked with seducing State Department employees

Texas journalist, Tarah Price (pictured), was paid $10,000 to try to seduce McMaster into revealing information to a hidden camera

Richard Seddon, a former MI6 agent, hired glamorous women to seduce high profile targets including H.R. McMaster (pictured with Trump in 2017)

After the report emerged in the Times on Thursday night, she tweeted that she'd taken part but done nothing wrong. 

'It's not illegal to investigate the people who are SUPPOSED to be transparent with the American people,' Khait tweeted on Thursday night.

Price didn't respond to the Times' request for comment; a message sent to her social media account by DailyMail.com also wasn't returned.

Former Navy SEAL Erik Prince founded the private military firm Blackwater

The women were given codenames like 'Brazil' and 'Tiger', and housed in a $10,000-a-month six bedroom Georgetown mansion in Washington DC - a place so secretive they were told to have Ubers drop them off a distance from the residence.

Before being selected, they were flown to Wyoming, to a vast ranch owned by the family of Erik Prince, the founder of private military company Blackwater, whose sister Betsy DeVos was Trump's education secretary.

Prince's name frequently crops up in relation to Trump - meeting the then-candidate in 2016 to 'talk about Iran policy'; meeting representatives of the UAE and Russia in the Seychelles allegedly on behalf of Trump; and meeting President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, potentially at Trump's behest.

Prince had hired former British spy, Richard Seddon, to oversee the recruitment of the women, The New York Times reported on Thursday.

Prince's sister Betsy DeVos was Trump's education secretary

The women were trained on Prince's ranch in Cody, Wyoming 

Khait, seen at the Capitol on January 6, was recruited to film State Dept officials undercover revealing their thoughts about Donald Trump. 

Khait with a cut-out of President Trump. She says she did nothing wrong 

Khait admitted to working for Veritas but said she didn't 'investigate' the FBI as claimed. When asked if she'd been a 'hooker' for them on Instagram, she said she never 'kissed anyone' 

The pair worked in association with media watchdog Project Veritas, which specializes in undercover sting operations, The New York Times claimed.

Project Veritas said the Times was writing a 'smear piece' on them, but did not answer specific questions about the operation.

Prince and Seddon asked the women, at the Wyoming ranch, who their dream dinner party guests would be, and where they obtained their news - both questions designed to assess their political leanings.

Khait's social media shows her to be avowedly pro-Trump, while Price appears to now write for The Blaze, where she describes herself as: 'love guns, and despise feminism'.

The women were then trained in how to entice their targets to speak out, and how to film the results.

One role-playing exercise, detailed in documents obtained by The New York Times, involved a trainee being interrogated by a law enforcement officer and having to 'defend their cover' and 'avoid exciting' the officer.

Another exercise instructs trainees in how to target a person in an elevator.

The students were encouraged to think of their 'targets as a possible future access agent, potential donor, support/facilities agent.'

'The student must create and maintain a fictional cover,' one document read.

All the recruits were told to burn the training manual after the course finished.

Some of the women targeted FBI agents. Others, such as Khait, went after State Department staff and other targets.

Barbara Ledeen, pictured, relayed information about McMaster's schedule

Price was told she was 'going to get paid $10,000 to go undercover and set up some big-name political figure in Washington,' according to a May 2018 email sent by her former boyfriend to the website Project Veritas Exposed.

Sources told The New York Times that McMaster was the target.

McMaster was in the spotlight following a November 2017 BuzzFeed article, which reported that he made disparaging remarks about Trump at a dinner with business executives, calling the then-president an 'idiot' and a 'dope' with the intelligence of a 'kindergartner'.

Their work was aided by Barbara Ledeen, an aide to the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose husband wrote a book with Flynn and who herself worked with him to try and find Hillary Clinton's deleted emails.

Ledeen, who has since retired, provided details of McMaster's schedule. She met an unknown person, who she believed used a fake name, and handed over the information, showing that McMaster frequently dined at an Italian restaurant, Tosca, in Washington DC.

'Somebody who had his calendar conveyed to me that he goes to Tosca all the time,' she said.

She insisted that she was merely a messenger.

'I am not part of a plot,' she told the paper.

The plan involved sending the recruited women to talk to McMaster at Tosca whenever he was alone to strike up a conversation with him over a drink and seduce him into making disparaging remarks about the president, which could then be used as grounds to fire him. 

The operation was abandoned when they got when they wanted, as McMaster resigned in March 2018 in a move which avoiding Trump firing him. 

It was unclear whether Price ever met McMaster.

He has not commented on the report, nor has Price or Prince.

But Khait said she was proud of her work.

'I never kissed anyone during a Project Veritas investigation but fake news gonna fake. 

'Investigating and keeping our government in check is what JOURNALISTS are supposed to do. Instead, the New York Times attacks those who are doing THEIR job! Unbelievable.'

And she mistakenly accused The New York Times of claiming she targeted FBI agents.

'As always the NYT is FAKE NEWS,' she said.

'I never investigated the FBI when I worked undercover for Project Veritas. These baseless accusations are LOL.'

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