Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators has reportedly met with digital experts who worked to elect President Donald Trump in recent weeks as part of an ongoing effort to understand his campaign’s ties to Cambridge Analytica.
Sources told ABC News on Wednesday the special counsel is interested in learning whether the Trump campaign collaborated with the controversial company at the heart of a data-mining scandal said to include 50 million Facebook profiles. Those accounts were allegedly harvested by Cambridge Analytica in an attempt to influence voters across the country during the 2016 presidential election.
Via ABC News:
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team for the last several weeks has had a growing interest to better understand the relationship between the campaign, the Republican National Committee, and Cambridge Analytica, sources tell ABC News.
The company is also under investigation by British officials for its use of Facebook users’ data.
Sources tell ABC News several digital experts who worked in support of Trump’s bid in 2016 have met with Mueller’s team for closed-door interviews. The staffers, most of whom were employed by the RNC, served as key members of the 2016 operation working closely with the campaign and the data firm, the sources said. The company worked closely with the Republican candidate’s political team.
The Trump campaign has vehemently denied any involvement with the reported data-mining operations. A spokesperson told ABC News the campaign “used the RNC for its voter data and not Cambridge Analytica.”
“Using the RNC data was one of the best choices the campaign made,” they added. “Any claims that voter data were used from another source to support the victory in 2016 are false.”
The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2018
Meanwhile, the president and his personal lawyer have both made disparaging remarks about the special counsel in recent days, with Trump tweeting a series of critical statements against the appointment of Mueller to lead the investigation into Russian meddling.
The revelations regarding Cambridge Analytica has rocked Facebook, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg making a rare statement acknowledging the controversy as a failure for the platform. Multiple Democratic lawmakers have called on Zuckerberg for more answers, with Sen. Ed Markey even demanding he testifies before Congress on the matter under oath.
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