Mueller Finds That Trump Campaign Sought "Social Media Manipulation" Service

Pauline Gross
October 12, 2018

The report comes as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation on Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election and whether any Trump associates were involved or engaged in illegal election intervention.

Gates "sought one proposal to use bogus personas to target and sway 5,000 delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention by attacking Sen". Though the Israeli company's pitches were narrower than Moscow's interference campaign and appear unconnected, the documents show that a senior Trump aide saw the promise of a disruption effort to swing voters in Trump's favor.

Then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks as then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, October 9, 2016.

The misinformation campaign, dubbed 'Project Rome, ' was produced by the Israeli private intelligence firm Psy-Group, which was founded and run by former members of the Israeli intelligence services and pitched to Rick Gates, the former deputy campaign manager for Trump, serving under Paul Manafort.

Clinton's response was referring to Trump's comments at a July 2016 news conference in which he asked Russian Federation to hack Clinton's emails from her time as secretary of State and make them public.

In May, it was revealed that Psy-Group, which is staffed by former Israeli intelligence operatives, was under investigation in connection with alleged illegal intervention by the Trump campaign.

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Another proposal described opposition research and "complementary intelligence activities" about Clinton, according to the report. However, the owner of Psy-Group, Joel Zamel, did meet with Donald Trump Jr.in August 2016. He went on to testify against Manafort, who was found guilty of tax and bank fraud, .

Zamel and George Nader, an emissary from the United Arab Emirates who was at the meeting with Trump Jr., gave different accounts as to whether Zamel ever implemented his proposal.

Former Psy-Group employees said that, in anticipation of the Trump Tower meeting, Zamel asked them to prepare an updated version of the third proposal. This special counsel is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded in those efforts.

A lawyer for Zamel denied to the Times that he had discussed the proposal with anyone from the Trump campaign.

Zamel's lawyer tells the Times that the Trump Tower meeting was cursory.

The reason for the payment has been of keen interest to Mueller, according to people familiar with the matter.

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