President Trump promised at one point to only surround himself with the best people while in office, but anyone paying attention to the reports of staff departures from and staff scandals within the White House would see that his promise hasn’t turned into reality.
Recently, a report came out calling into question not the integrity of interests in his White House, but interests that worked for the 2016 Trump presidential campaign. Cambridge Analytica is reported to have kept the Facebook profile data of tens of millions of people in an effort to bolster their efforts to predict voter behavior and prop up the Trump campaign. That goes against Facebook privacy standards and has prompted what’s in some circles harsh criticism of the social media giant itself.
Now, there’s a new report out that puts Cambridge Analytica — founded by Steve Bannon and Robert Mercer — in even more hot water.
Britain’s Channel 4 is running a multi-part series on the firm, and as Part 2 of it, they’ve revealed undercover footage of the company’s head indicating that they are prepared to use bribes and sex workers to entrap politicians that they’re opposed to.
The idea from company’s chief executive Alexander Nix is that an individual could pose as a wealthy person seeking to bribe a politician while the whole interaction is captured on film, and the idea when it comes to the sex workers is similar, employing them to capture politicians in “compromising situations.”
Speaking to an undercover reporter posing as an individual seeking help with Sri Lankan elections, Nix commented
‘I mean, deep digging is interesting. But you know equally effective can be just to go and speak to the incumbents and to offer them a deal that’s too good to be true, and make sure that’s video-recorded, you know. These sorts of tactics are very effective, instantly having video evidence of corruption, putting it on the internet, these sorts of things.’
Nix also commented that the company could “send some girls around to the candidate’s house — we have lots of history of things.”
Pressed further, he revealed that the “girls” he had in mind were from the Ukraine.
The revelation of the data firm in part behind Trump’s victory seeming fully prepared to use incendiary tactics in elections around the world further raises eyebrows when it comes to the firm, to say the least.
Britain’s Information Officer Elizabeth Denham has announced that she will seek a warrant to seize the firm’s servers, with questions remaining about the firm’s compliance with Facebook’s demand for it to delete the user data it had collected.
It’s ironic for this conservative leaning firm to have undercover videos used in the case against it, when here in the U.S., the incendiary Project Veritas has often sought to accomplish such an aim against non-conservative targets.
The tactics of the firm in part behind Trump’s presidential victory are hardly the only questions the Trump team has to face when it comes to the integrity — or lack thereof — of the belligerent businessman’s 2016 election victory.
Despite the president’s intense protests, the Russia investigation is continuing to proceed at this time.
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