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Wed Dec 27, 2017, 12:37 PM

Mueller is reportedly zeroing in on the Trump campaign's data operation and the RNC

Source: Business Insider

*Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly begun to question Republican National Committee staffers about the party's digital work with the Trump campaign last year.
*The report indicates that Mueller may be homing in on yet another facet of Russia's election interference — its social media influence campaign and targeted political advertising.
*Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner managed the Trump campaign's data operation and recently hired a crisis public relations firm to handle all press inquiries.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has begun to question Republican National Committee staffers about the party's 2016 campaign data operation, which helped President Donald Trump's campaign team target voters in critical swing states.

Two sources told Yahoo News that Mueller's team is examining whether the joint RNC-Trump campaign data operation — which was directed on Trump's side by Brad Parscale and managed by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner — "was related to the activities of Russian trolls and bots aimed at influencing the American electorate."

The FBI has been scrutinizing Kushner's contacts in December 2016 with the Russian ambassador to the US and the CEO of a sanctioned Russian bank.

The special counsel's office declined to comment on its ongoing investigation. Multiple requests to various current and former RNC officials on Wednesday went unanswered. A source close to one of the Trump campaign's data firms said they were "unaware of anyone being questioned."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/mueller-questions-rnc-digital-operation-trump-campaign-russia-2017-12

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Reply Mueller is reportedly zeroing in on the Trump campaign's data operation and the RNC (Original post)
MelissaB Dec 2017 OP
SHRED Dec 2017 #1
OliverQ Dec 2017 #37
SHRED Dec 2017 #39
Happyhippychick Dec 2017 #45
Botany Dec 2017 #2
turbinetree Dec 2017 #3
Iliyah Dec 2017 #4
turbinetree Dec 2017 #8
BadGimp Dec 2017 #23
triron Dec 2017 #29
farmbo Dec 2017 #40
Eliot Rosewater Dec 2017 #34
Bernardo de La Paz Dec 2017 #5
Cosmocat Dec 2017 #13
Bernardo de La Paz Dec 2017 #14
stonecutter357 Dec 2017 #20
Achilleaze Dec 2017 #25
Maraya1969 Dec 2017 #41
getagrip_already Dec 2017 #31
ornotna Dec 2017 #38
mountain grammy Dec 2017 #6
RandomAccess Dec 2017 #18
mountain grammy Dec 2017 #26
tavernier Dec 2017 #43
mountain grammy Dec 2017 #47
Enoki33 Dec 2017 #7
groundloop Dec 2017 #9
WhiteTara Dec 2017 #33
WhiteTara Dec 2017 #10
Botany Dec 2017 #11
WhiteTara Dec 2017 #16
Botany Dec 2017 #17
CrispyQ Dec 2017 #12
Volaris Dec 2017 #15
hedda_foil Dec 2017 #30
Pepsidog Dec 2017 #19
certainot Dec 2017 #21
Nitram Dec 2017 #22
Achilleaze Dec 2017 #24
RKP5637 Dec 2017 #27
Scurrilous Dec 2017 #28
not fooled Dec 2017 #32
bucolic_frolic Dec 2017 #35
pnwmom Dec 2017 #36
Post removed Dec 2017 #42
marble falls Dec 2017 #44
bucolic_frolic Dec 2017 #46
Cary Dec 2017 #49
marble falls Dec 2017 #48

Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 12:40 PM

1. Just a guess here but...

 

Mueller is probably a lot further along and knows many answers prior to questioning staffers.

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Response to SHRED (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 10:13 PM

37. That seems to be his MO. He knows the facts and then questions

 

people to see if they lie about what he already knows.

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Response to OliverQ (Reply #37)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 12:21 AM

39. No wonder FAUX is freaking.

 

I think they're an extension of the Kremlin based on havung the same goals to discredit our FBI.

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Response to SHRED (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 11:04 AM

45. As any great prosecutor would

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 12:46 PM

2. I hope Bob and his team are after Cambridge Analytica and the Mercers too.

I wonder if the NSA/CIA/FBI were able to monitor the traffic from Russia/Ukraine to
the server Trump had in his HQ?

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 12:48 PM

3. Maybe this is why the "guy" from Florida wants to "purge" the FBI

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Response to turbinetree (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 12:51 PM

4. Maybe thats why GOPers, like Nunes & Gowdy are not

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doing their jobs and why Grassley, etc. are freaking the hell out. Many GOPers relied on Russia to win elections.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 01:04 PM

8. I mean the dots are getting connected so to speak, then you have those two twits in California

McCarthy and Rohrabacher should be added to the list, and this goes right to the feet of the speakers of this criminal congress's feet McTurtle and Eddie Munster------------they have to approve of these shenanigans.

Haven't heard one iota from those two saying hey "guys" and gals" don't go around mentioning "purges"----------------

And Lawrence O'Donnell was right, when one night he said, nothing gets done or said without the leadership of the caucus, they have to know, that's why its called the Speaker of the House and the Senate


I see a train a coming and it's rolling down the track......................


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Response to turbinetree (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 02:31 PM

23. I've been talking about this (to anyone who will listen) for quite a while.

(my points have been covered but I really want to be a part of this convo)

Any data effort leaves a significant trail of discoverable digital footprints for a smart investigative team to explore. My contention is that Kushner as head of the campaigns Digital Efforts along w Bannon and the Mercers/Cambridge Analytica shared data with the Russians and visa-versa and this was key to the social media influence effort the Russians engaged in. If it can be shown that the campaign did this then it's ball game over. Remember the server in Trump Tower that only talked to a server at Alpha Bank in Russia before the election??

Keep in mind that Bannon worked for the campaign's data contractor, Cambridge Analytica AKA the Mercer family.

I have a sense this could be the wellspring that shows how treasonous the campaign was. If in fact, it was of course...

Pass The Popcorn.

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Response to BadGimp (Reply #23)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 02:52 PM

29. thank you for this.

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Response to BadGimp (Reply #23)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 01:21 AM

40. BadGimp's on to something here...

Those mysterious data transmissions from the server in Trump tower to the Kremlin- connected Alpha Bank, likely constituted Mercer's voter targeting metadata. Once it was placed in Russia's hands it was fed out to Putin's Bott armies' which saturated swing voters FaceBook and Twitter feeds with fake news for the rest of the campaign.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 07:13 PM

34. All I can say is too bad they arent Democrats, both parties would impeach and indict

instantly and we could save our country from the KGB.


GOP are not patriots, sorry.

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 12:56 PM

5. Russian psyop still using social media to DIVIDE Democrats

Hence the divisiveness over Al Franken and other recent issues.

Ex-FBI agent warns that Russia hasn't stopped cyber attacks and the US is doing nothing about it
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10141947898

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 01:32 PM

13. Sorry, Franken was a 100% self inflicted wound

Otherwise. Point taken.

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Response to Cosmocat (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 01:36 PM

14. Wrong. The divisiveness was exacerbated beyond what would ordinarily have happened.


Pushing him to resign or not is not the topic here. The divisiveness surrounding is the issue.

Putin plants and feeds chaos in the West and in his opposition.

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Response to Cosmocat (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 01:53 PM

20. bullshit....

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Response to stonecutter357 (Reply #20)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 02:39 PM

25. BS in your opinon

But an apparent fact to most objective observers.

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Response to Cosmocat (Reply #13)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 02:57 AM

41. I believe that LeeAnn Tweeden did her #Metoo just to throw dirt on Franken

Too many things that don't make sense.

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 03:50 PM

31. and alive and well here as well...

there are likely russian bots posting here arguing both sides of issues, just to split the activists apart. It worked well with stein and bernie's crowd.

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Response to getagrip_already (Reply #31)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 10:25 PM

38. You're right about that

And they are usually easy to spot as well.

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 12:57 PM

6. Republicans are in this up to their eyeballs

Just watch the motherfuckers shut it down. They’re all trump now.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 01:48 PM

18. You are so right --

 

Here are a bunch of reasons the GOP and Republicans in general (rank and file!) are increasingly okay with Putin.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=10027739

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Response to RandomAccess (Reply #18)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 02:44 PM

26. Thanks

Amazing.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 09:33 AM

43. The Untouchables.

I’m remembering the scene in the film where they all have been tainted and corrupted, even the judge. It’s starting to look like the same thing has happened here.

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Response to tavernier (Reply #43)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 12:42 PM

47. Yeah no kidding

The untouchables. Best description ever.

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 12:57 PM

7. Another guess.....Kushner meets Russian ambassador. Ambassador talks

with CEO of sanctioned Russian bank. Kushner meets head of sanctioned bank. Reason.. refinancing of troubled 666 building. Problem... first sanctions have to be lifted.
Note..CEO of Russian bank is a graduate of FSB spy college, and Ambassador is a known spy recruiter.

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 01:05 PM

9. I'd be interested in seeing data correlating repubs who received big money from Russia.....

and which repubs are suddenly pushing back hard against the Mueller investigation.

I remember reading here that prior to approximately 2015 or so Russian linked donations were relatively small and more or less evenly split between both parties, then all of a sudden Russian donations got much bitter and went exclusively to repubs. I'd be very interested in seeing a list of which repubs received those Russian donations and compare that to the list of repubs who are trying their damnedest to discredit the Mueller investigation, the FBI, etc. Somehow I have a feeling there's a link.

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Response to groundloop (Reply #9)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 06:40 PM

33. I hope Mueller's team interviews Kevin McCarthy

so he can explain the comment about Rohrbacher being on the Russian payroll along with Trump. Then I want them to interview Ryan so he can explain where he got all his pac money.

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 01:07 PM

10. I hope he brings the entire network of criminals down

If anyone has the team to do this, it is Mueller. He got the best attorneys for catching international criminals.

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #10)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 01:26 PM

11. Both Ryan and McConnell were in on it or knew about it too.

n/t

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Response to Botany (Reply #11)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 01:41 PM

16. They took millions of dollars from the Russians

and then distributed it all through the Republicon Party. Every one of them are dirty.

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #16)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 01:47 PM

17. The New Yorker: Paul Ryan, Whats said in the family stays in the family."

Paul Ryan Keeps It All in the Family

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/paul-ryan-keeps-it-family-kevin-mccarthy-russia-trump

“There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy said, according to Entous, a superb reporter who heard a tape recording of the colloquy. “Swear to God.

snip

In the Post piece, McCarthy’s remark is met with laughter, and Ryan cautions his colleagues, “This is an off the record . . . No leaks! . . . All right?”

And then, amid more laughter, Ryan says, “This is how we know we’re a real family here.”

“That’s how you know that we’re tight,” Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, says.



*********

And how did McConnell know that by blocking Garland for the SCOTUS he would get
somebody he liked better after the election?

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 01:30 PM

12. It's time to take out the trash, starting with the putrid bag of GOP leadership. -nt

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 01:40 PM

15. This trail will lead to Bannon (and Cambridge Analyticia).

GOOD.

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Response to Volaris (Reply #15)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 03:12 PM

30. I wonder if the Mercers acted as the cutout between Putin and the campaign.

Mega wealthy hedge fund tycoon moves lots of money around every day. Could they be laundering Russian money through their fund and into the hands of the campaign? That could cut the Gordian knot that seems to separate the two major influencers of the Trump side of the campaign... the Russians and the Mercers (as representative policy-wise of the big money libertarian donor base)? .

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 01:49 PM

19. Golden rule for lawyers, never ask a question that you dont already know the answer. Mueller will

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walk these idiots into a perjury trap. Trump’s band of slimy, low life sycophants have no chance against Mueller’s team of experienced federal prosecutors. Trump is so stupendously stupid as to make enemies of our intelligence gathering institutions who will happily turn over the evidence to rid our country of these traitors. The only question is, will Mueller take down the republicans who were accomplices to Trump’s crimes and/or will the republicans white-wash Mueller’s investigation and cover up their criminal enterprise and not act at all. If they cover up, then I hope Schneiderman takes down the whole bunch and end our long national nightmare that is the Trump presidency. I thought Bush was bad, but these people are professional liars, sneaks, cheats and criminals.

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 01:54 PM

21. trump guy sam nunberg said he listened to 1000s of hours of talk radio for trump election prep

in 2014 - (gabriel sherman, new york magazine 4/3/2016)

putin>talk radio>fox>trump ---- there's no need for traceable communication/coordination

that's how they won the primaries and kept going. limbaugh is still his most important ally, attacking critics and mueller.

investigators should be keeping eyes out for evidence russians have been using talk radio for years, maybe even since rove lost central control in 2007- 8.

all the russinas had to do is figure out how to feed the talk radio gods once in a while, and it looked like most of the social media trolling was based on well established anti liberal/hillary crap going back years. fox sumarizes the daily talk radio buzz for busy guys like trump and limbaugh's goals are the same as putin's - oligarchy, authoritarianism, global warming denial, etc.

putin>talk radio>fox>trump

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 02:24 PM

22. The suspense is killing me.

I' worried Trump to fire Mueller anytime now, and the GOP will back him up. Their campaign against "FBI bias and corruption" was obviously planned to provide cover for stopping the investigation.

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 02:36 PM

24. The GOP betrayed America then

and is still betraying America today. Lock them up.

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Response to Achilleaze (Reply #24)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 02:45 PM

27. Exactly, the GOP is trying to undermine or eliminate American democracy. The GOP of today

is not the GOP, it needs to be renamed. Far too many people in America IMO think they're voting for granddad's GOP of decades past. These are dangerous times and so many Americans are so damn stupid about what is going on. I don't know what it will take to wake them up.

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 02:51 PM

28. K&R

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 05:36 PM

32. How did the russians know

precisely which states and districts to target? Obviously there would have been tremendous advantage in working with the pukes because of the latter's detailed knowledge of the US electoral map.


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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 08:55 PM

35. Republicans and the Trump campaign can't be surprised by this

if they've nothing to hide, why is there so much smoke and so many denials and denunciations of the FBI?

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 09:28 PM

36. Louise Mensch zeroed in on Trump's data operation's connection with Russia months ago.

I'm glad to hear that Mueller is pursuing this.

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Response to Post removed (Reply #42)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 09:38 AM

44. Pretty darn conspiracy centric first post. Are you thinking Jill Stein?

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Response to Post removed (Reply #42)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 11:10 AM

46. It would only enhance the credibility of the Mueller probe

To be sure, if foreign cash were splashing through our election process over several cycles and front groups
were contributing to campaigns, some made it to some unexpected places, and some might be on the opposite
side of the (expected) political aisle.

Otherwise you can take your anxieties back to their source. Democrats have little fear here. They have had to run
a pretty disciplined operation for a long time because of the hysteria in right wing media.




Note: the REAL Winston Churchill

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #46)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 01:48 PM

49. This liberal has no fear

"Both sides do it" is "conservative" bullshit, spewed by small-minded, regressive people who fear fear itself.

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Response to Post removed (Reply #42)

Thu Dec 28, 2017, 01:06 PM

48. In case you don't get to reply - bye bye.

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Enjoy your pizza!

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