On Thursday, Mr. Trump fired National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster via Twitter, and then named John Bolton as his successor. Bolton is a former Fox News commentator. According to The Washington Post:
‘The president announced the news in a tweet, saying that Bolton would take the job starting April 9, making him Trump’s third national security adviser in the first 14 months of his presidency. In dismissing McMaster from the job, Trump praised the Army general for his “outstanding job” and said he would “always remain my friend.’
What is shocking to some though is that Bolton has some strong connections with Cambridge Analytica, the data firm that misused data from 50 million Facebook user accounts. According to The Center For Public Integrity:
‘Last week, the New York Times and The Observer of London jointly reported that Cambridge Analytica had misused data gleaned from the profiles of tens of millions of Facebook users.’
The Center wrote:
‘If President Donald Trump taps John Bolton as his next national security adviser, the former U.N. ambassador will be forced to reckon with the fate of his political empire, which includes a super PAC that has spent heavily on the services of embattled voter profiling company Cambridge Analytica.’
Bolton’s super PAC has paid Cambridge Analytica a whopping $1.1 million for “research” and “survey research” since 2014. As for the 2018 election season, Bolton has announced that his super PAC will spend $1 million in attempts to fuel a win for Republican candidate Kevin Nicholson (WI). His Democratic challenger is Senator Tammy Baldwin.
The Center reported:
‘Bolton’s super PAC spent roughly $2.5 million during the 2016 election cycle to support the bids of Republican U.S. Senate candidates, according to Federal Election Commission filings. The press release announcing support for Nicholson said that “Ambassador Bolton looks to increase those contributions for the 2018 midterm elections.”‘
Another all-telling piece of information is that:
‘Bolton, whovisited the White House last week, would also be the latest Trump official with ties to GOP megadonor Robert Mercer, a key supporter of Trump’s presidential bid and investor in Cambridge Analytica who is also the largest donor to Bolton’s super PAC.’
One can’t discount the fact that Trump is preparing for the 2020 election and he is going to align his staff in the best way to support his candidacy in hopes of another win.
Paul Ryan, vice president for policy and litigation at the nonprofit watchdog group Common Cause said:
‘All of this makes clear that the Supreme Court was wrong in Citizens United when it unleashed big money in our elections with the promise it would be independent of candidates and office holders.’
One of the first political committees to report paying Cambridge Analytica was Bolton’s super PAC.
The Center for Public Integrity reported:
‘Cambridge Analytica did not respond to questions from the Center for Public Integrity. Bolton did not respond to an interview request submitted through his PAC, or to questions regarding whether he was investigating whether Cambridge Analytica used improperly obtained data in its work for his super PAC.
‘As of Feb. 28, Bolton’s two political groups — the John Bolton Super PAC and John Bolton PAC — reported $3.6 million in combined cash on hand, with roughly $3 million of that amount in the super PAC’s coffers, according to disclosures filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission.’
Here’s what Twitter had to say about Trump’s announcement regarding Bolton:
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