Businessman Erik Prince says he has not been contacted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller about a January meeting in the Seychelles between himself and a Russian reportedly close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Prince added that whoever leaked to the press should be questioned instead.
The Washington Post reported in April on what it called a "secret meeting" in the Indian Ocean country, citing "officials, who did not identify the Russian."
The Post wrote that the Jan. 11 meeting was "part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials."
According to Prince, who is now considering a Senate campaign in Wyoming, the meeting was not so much secret as unexpected and cursory.
"I was there on a private business meeting, and they said, ‘Hey, there is a Russian guy you should meet,' so I met him," the Blackwater Worldwide founder told the Washington Examiner.
The Seychelles trip "had nothing to do with Russia," he said.
Prince said twice that he has not been contacted "at all" by Mueller's team, which is investigating possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russia.
Prince reportedly donated $250,000 last year to Trump and allied Republican efforts. He is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller's team, declined to comment about whether Prince will be interviewed in the future.
"We will decline to comment on the ongoing investigation," Carr said in an email.
Others in Trump's orbit have been interviewed by Mueller's team, or are expected to be soon. Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus was questioned Friday. Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer was interviewed Monday.
In its April report, the Post alleged that Prince "presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump to high-ranking Emiratis involved in setting up his meeting with the Putin confidant, according to the officials."
The United Arab Emirates had a prior business relationship with Prince, who is best known for his role with Blackwater, the contracting company that reportedly secured $2 billion in U.S. government deals, including in Iraq, before Prince stepped down as CEO in 2009.
After leaving Blackwater, Prince was reportedly paid more than $500 million to help the United Arab Emirates establish a paramilitary force.
Prince told the Examiner that he believes that his Seychelles trip was not controversial, but that its disclosure could be a crime.
"The real scandal to that whole thing is the illegal unmasking," he said. "The real scandal is the abuse, the politicized abuse of the national intelligence apparatus by members of the Obama administration in the last days of the Obama administration. That's a crime, taking unmasked decrypts to a media organization is a crime, that is what Chelsea Manning went to prison for."
Prince, who currently leads the Frontier Services Group, a company listed on Hong Kong's stock exchange that supports investment in developing countries, said he hopes there will be a prosecution of any illegal leaks.
"I hope the Justice Department comes and does their job there because if there's not anyone ever held to account for abusing the apparatus of governance, then we have a real problem, there's a very slippery slope away from the end of the republic," he said.