Friday, July 14, 2017

Trump-Russia Investigators Probe Jared Kushner-Run Digital Operation

Investigators at the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and the Justice Department are examining whether the Trump Campaign’s Digital Operation, Overseen by Jared Kushner, helped Guide Russia’s Sophisticated Voter Targeting and Fake News attacks on Hillary Clinton in 2016. I also think they need to include the Polling Company, who one of the Owners is Paul Manafort, the Republican National Committee (RNC) used, for the same reason.

Congressional and Justice Department Investigators are focusing on whether Trump’s Campaign pointed Russian Cyber Operatives to certain voting Jurisdictions in Key States, areas where Trump’s Digital Team and Republican Operatives were spotting unexpected Weakness in Voter support for Hillary Clinton.

Also under Scrutiny is the question of whether Trump Associates or Campaign Aides had any Role in assisting the Russians in Publicly releasing thousands of emails, hacked from the accounts of top Democrats, at turning points in the Presidential race, mainly through the London-based transparency web site WikiLeaks.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, Ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told McClatchy he wants to know whether Russia’s “fake or damaging news stories” were “coordinated in any way in terms of targeting or in terms of timing or in terms of any other measure … with the (Trump) campaign.”

By Election Day, an Automated Kremlin Cyberattack of unprecedented scale and sophistication had delivered critical and Phony News about the Democratic Presidential Nominee to the Twitter and Facebook accounts of Millions of Voters. Some Investigators suspect the Russians Targeted Voters in Swing States, even in Key Precincts.

Russia’s Operation used Computer Commands knowns as “bots” to Collect and dramatically heighten the reach of negative or fabricated News about Clinton, including a story in the final days of the Campaign accusing her of running a Pedophile Ring at a Washington Pizzeria.

Top Democrats on the Committees investigating Russian Interference in the 2016 Election have signaled the same.
Schiff said he wants the House Panel to determine whether Trump Aides helped Russia Time its Cyberattacks or Target certain Voters and whether there was “any exchange of information, any financial support funneled to organizations that were doing this kind of work.”

Trump Son-in-Law Kushner, now a Senior Adviser to the President and the only current White House Aide known to be deemed a “person of interest” in the Justice Department investigation, appears to be under the Microscope in several respects. His Real Estate Finances and December Meetings with Russia’s Ambassador and the Head of a Sanctioned, State-controlled Bank are also being examined. And today add a Meeting with a Russian Lawyer and former Counter-intelligence Officer. Kushner’s “role as a possible cut-out or conduit for Moscow’s influence operations in the elections,” including his Niche Overseeing the Digital Operations, will be closely looked at.

Mike Carpenter, who in January left a Senior Pentagon Post where he worked on Russia matters, also has suspicions about Collaboration between the Campaign and Russia’s Cyber Operatives. “There appears to have been significant cooperation between Russia’s online propaganda machine and individuals in the United States who were knowledgeable about where to target the disinformation,” he said, without naming any American suspects. Trump has repeatedly repudiated or equivocated about the finding of four key Intelligence agencies: the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency and the Directorate of National Intelligence, that Russian Cyber Operatives meddled with the U.S. Election.

Throughout the Republican Primary Elections in early 2016, Russia sent Armies of Bots carrying Pro-Trump Messages and deployed human “trolls” to comment in his favor on Internet stories and in Social Media, former FBI Special Agent Clint Watts told Congress weeks ago. Watts, now a Cybersecurity Specialist with the Foreign Policy Research Institute, said the Targets included former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

As Donald Trump was Locking up the Republican Presidential Nomination in May 2016, a U.S. Intelligence Intercept picked up Russians discussing ways to Spread News damaging to Clinton. No one has proved that Russia’s Attack influenced the Vote Count at the Polls in the Nov. 8th General Election, but it wouldn’t have taken much to Tip the Results. Clinton lost the decisive States of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania by a combined 77,744 votes out of 13.9 Million Ballots cast. She could have won Michigan if 5,353 Trump Voters had gone for her instead, Wisconsin if 11,375 votes had flipped to her, and Pennsylvania if 22,147 Trump Voters had instead picked her.

Kushner’s pivotal Role in the Trump Cyber effort was underscored by his hiring in 2015 of Brad Parscale, a Texas-based Digital Guru who previously had done work for the Trump Organization. Parscale’s company raked in about $90 Million for work Targeting many States with Paid Advertisements, Social Media Messages and other Cyber Tools. As the Trump Campaign’s Top Digital Director, Parscale ran much of the Operation from his San Antonio offices. He is expected to appear before at least One of several Congressional Committees Investigating aspects of Russia’s interference in the Election.

Washington Attorney Abbe Lowell, was recently hired to be Kushner’s Chief Defense Counsel and has “a reputation as a guy you hire if you're going to do battle with the government,” according to one former federal prosecutor.

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