What goes around, comes around, as the old saying goes. As far as Donald Trump is concerned, his constant focus on a singular issue with Hillary Clinton is now coming back to haunt him in the best way: Emails.
The Russia investigation is heating up, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller has shown no signs of holding back against the Trump campaign of 2016. Today, The Wall Street Journal reported that Mueller’s office sought data and information from the data firm used by Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016, Cambridge Analytica. The motion demonstrates that Mueller does indeed plan to probe the campaign’s data operations.
Mueller’s investigative team has reportedly called for all the emails between employees at Cambridge Analytica who worked with Trump’s campaign. Mueller’s request for the emails, revealed just today, was apparently voluntary. The Wall Street Journal also reported that another request was made from the House Intelligence Committee that the data firm complied with willingly.
According to the report, CEO Alexander Nix of Cambridge Analytica had a video interview with the House Intelligence Committee earlier this week. CNN reported this past October that Nix was in contact with one of Donald Trump’s top donors, Rebekah Mercer, and they reportedly spoke about better organizing hacked Clinton emails that were being released by WikiLeaks.
Mercer reportedly received an email from an undisclosed source in August of 2016 that suggested a searchable data base be created for Hillary Clinton’s emails for public digestion. When Mercer reached out to Nix, he replied that he had already been in contact with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks just two months earlier. Nix reportedly asked Assange for access to 33,000 emails deleted from Hillary Clinton’s private server that she used while she served in the State Department.
Julian Assange tweeted following the reports that he could confirm that Nix contacted him before November 2016 and that he denied Nix’s request. The tweet stated:
‘I can confirm an approach by Cambridge Analytica [prior to November last year] and can confirm that it was rejected by WikiLeaks.’
Mueller’s investigation continues to gain ground on a daily basis. Just a few weeks ago, it was announced that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn would plead guilty to the FBI for lying under oath. Flynn admitted to lying about his contact with the Russian government during the 2016 election and agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation. Since this announcement, Trump has already hinted at pardoning Flynn, which would blatantly interfere with the integrity of his administration and the investigation against him.
Earlier this October, Donald Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort, along with his business associate Richard Gates, were indicted. The men were charged with tax fraud and money laundering that was directly connected to work for a pro-Russian political party in the Ukraine that the men performed.
Should the Cambridge Analytica emails prove to be valid evidence President Trump and his campaign team, the irony certainly would not be lost on Hillary Clinton. One of Trump’s most frequent issues during the 2016 campaign called for a review of Clinton’s deleted emails. Depending on what the Cambridge Analytica emails contain, the phrase “but, her emails” could perhaps be forever replaced with “well, his emails.”
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