British spy recruited by Erik Prince ran 'honeypot ops' with female spies to ...

Donald '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.

Among the targets was H.R. McMaster, a lieutenant general in the Army who took over as National Security Advisor in February 2017, after Mike Flynn's 22-days in the role.

McMaster was often painted as someone more loyal to the country than the president, and so a glamorous Texan journalist, Tarah Price, was paid $10,000 to try and seduce him into revealing information at a DC Italian restaurant he was known to frequent.

Another woman, a Russian-born pro poker player and former Survivor contestant, Anna Khait, was tasked with seducing State Department employees into admitting, on fake dates, filmed undercover, that they disliked and wanted to thwart him.

Anna Khait, seen on the 2016 Survivor, was recruited to film State Dept officials undercover

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Anna Khait, seen on the 2016 Survivor, was recruited to film State Dept officials undercover

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

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 's education secretary.

Prince's name frequently crops up in relation to - 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 ; and meeting President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, potentially at 's behest.

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

Former Navy SEAL Erik Prince founded the private military firm Blackwater

Former Navy SEAL Erik Prince founded the private military firm Blackwater

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

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Prince's sister Betsy DeVos was 's education secretary

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 scheme.

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

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