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

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Before Donald Trump locked up the GOP nomination in 2016, Rick Gates, the one-time deputy to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, reached out to Israeli intelligence firm Psy-Group and asked for proposals for running an online disinformation campaign, according to the New York Times.

Mueller's team has obtained copies of the proposals and questioned Psy-Group, the Times said, adding it was unclear whether the proposals would have violated laws governing foreign involvement in USA elections. After compiling all information available on the target delegates the 40 Psy-Group employees would bombard up to 2,500 of them with socially tailored messages, both on and offline, including messages from "former Cruz supporters" describing Cruz's "ulterior motives or hidden plans".

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., addresses the delegates during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

That same month, Mueller indicted 13 Russians and three companies in connection with a wide-ranging, multimillion-dollar enterprise to interfere with and "sow discord" in the American political system using social media.

The Times report makes it clear there's no indication the Trump campaign actually acted on these proposals, and Gates himself was "ultimately uninterested" in them.

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In this June 21, 2017, photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington.

A separate proposal related to opposition research and "complementary intelligence activities" about Clinton and people close to her, according to copies of the proposals obtained Times and interviews with four people involved in creating the documents.

A lawyer for Trump Jr., Alan Futerfas, told the The Times in May that "prior to the 2016 election, Donald Trump Jr. recalls a meeting with Erik Prince, George Nader, and another individual who may be Joel Zamel". The Psy-Group owner only outlined for Trump Jr.

There was no evidence that the Trump campaign followed through on the proposals to use social media manipulation and intelligence gathering.

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