Republicans have been ramping up their efforts to undermine Robert Mueller for weeks. Until recently, it was just a few of them gunning for Mueller. But now that he’s investigating the Republican National Committee for potential involvement in the Trump-Russia scandal, Republicans seem to be coming out of the woodwork to discredit Mueller.
It turns out that Mueller has recently folded a new angle into his investigation It has been alleged that Russians specifically targeted voters states like in Wisconsin and Michigan by feeding them fake political news to influence their votes in the presidential election.
These trolls somehow had knowledge that allowed them to specifically target voters in specific areas using information that they could not have had on their own. And where might they have received that voter data?
New York Magazine reports that Robert Mueller is looking into the Republican National Committee to see if they provided this voter data to the Russians.
Mueller’s team is trying to determine if members of the Trump campaign and Republican National Committee, who worked together on the digital arm of Trump’s campaign, provided assistance to Russian trolls attempting to influence voters. It’s the latest scare for Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, who managed the digital campaign and has already come under scrutiny by the special counsel for his foreign contacts.
In October 2917, CNN reported that ads placed by Russia-linked Facebook accounts targeted Michigan and Wisconsin in particular, with many “geared at swaying public opinion in the most heavily contested battlegrounds.”
The reason that has people scrambling is that it casts a shadow on the RNC… as well as a member of the president’s own family. Per New York Magazine:
Experts don’t think the trolls behind Russian Facebook accounts could have determined who to target on their own, but the question is whether the help they got came from Trump’s orbit. The leading suspects at this point are Kushner and Brad Parscale, the campaign’s digital media director.