And this was along with the Russian influence campaign.
Courtesy of NYT:
A top Trump campaign official requested proposals in 2016 from an Israeli company to create fake online identities, to use social media manipulation and to gather intelligence to help defeat Republican primary race opponents and Hillary Clinton, according to interviews and copies of the proposals.
The Trump campaign’s interest in the work began as Russians were escalating their effort to aid Donald J. Trump. Though the Israeli company’s pitches were narrower than Moscow’s interference campaign and appear unconnected, the documents show that a senior Trump aide saw the promise of a disruption effort to swing voters in Mr. Trump’s favor.
The campaign official, Rick Gates, sought one proposal to use bogus personas to target and sway 5,000 delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention by attacking Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Mr. Trump’s main opponent at the time. Another proposal describes opposition research and “complementary intelligence activities” about Mrs. Clinton and people close to her, according to copies of the proposals obtained by The New York Times and interviews with four people involved in creating the documents.
A third proposal by the company, Psy-Group, which is staffed by former Israeli intelligence operatives, sketched out a monthslong plan to help Mr. Trump by using social media to help expose or amplify division among rival campaigns and factions. The proposals, part of what Psy-Group called “Project Rome,” used code names to identify the players — Mr. Trump was “Lion” and Mrs. Clinton was “Forest.” Mr. Cruz, who Trump campaign officials feared might lead a revolt over the Republican presidential nomination, was “Bear.”
The article goes on to suggest that there is no evidence that this Psy-Group actually provided these services for the Trump campaign, but here’s the thing, they did meet with Donald Trump Jr., Erik Prince (Brother of Betsy DeVos,) and George Nader a representative of the United Arab Emirates.
After the election, Nader paid the individual who presented Psy-Group’s proposal two million dollars.
Now if this company did not provide any services, then what was that money for?
Also, why in the hell would a representative of the United Arab Emirates being paying that money?
There are just a few too many loose ends here for it to be dismissed out of hand.
But that’s okay because apparently Robert Mueller is hot on the trail, and remember, Rick Gates has been working with the investigators for months now.