What we know about the Seychelles meeting on Mueller's radar

Seychelles meeting
From left: Vladimir Putin, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Kirill Dmitriev and Erik Prince. Photos: Alexei Nikolsky / Getty Images; Franco Origlia / Getty Images; and Wikimedia Commons.

Last night, WashPost reported that a witness informed Robert Mueller that a January 2017 meeting in the Seychelles, which took place just days before President Trump's inauguration, was an attempt to set up a back channel between the White House and the Kremlin.

Why it matters: In the grand scheme of Mueller's sweeping investigation — which has caught 19 individuals and three companies in its web of indictments and guilty pleas thus far — a single meeting between a Russian emissary and an American businessman with no formal ties to the Trump transition team may seem relatively benign. But with reports that Mueller may be targeting the influence of foreign cash, the Seychelles meeting takes on a new significance.