Jared Kushner, son-in-law and high-ranking adviser to President Donald Trump, proposed investigating Special Representative Robert Mueller's connection to the Trump campaign with Russia, and whether the President obstructed the judiciary disturbed the country rather than interference Moscow.
Kushner was entitled to his opinion on the implications, but his characterization of Russia's activities in the 2016 political season is wrong. "Buying some Facebook ads to try and sow dissenters" stands in stark contrast to the US government's description of the Kremlin's "action campaign", which the officials said would help Trump and hurt Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton ,
Russia sought to help Trump win the White House
In the end, Muller did not realize that the Trump campaign had an illegal relationship with Russia. However, the idea that Moscow's efforts were "a few Facebook ads" is disproved by Mueller's factual records and US intelligence estimates.
The campaign for active measures of Russia involved two major efforts. The first was a cross-platform social media campaign that Kushner had downplayed when they bought "a few Facebook ads." The second was the hacking and dissemination of democratic material to undermine Clinton's choices.
"The investigation found that the Russian government would expect it to benefit from a Trump presidency and was working to achieve that result," Mueller stated in his report.
Mueller's conclusion came after US intelligence had publicly announced a similar conclusion following the 2016 vote.
"We continue to evaluate Putin, and the Russian government has developed a clear preference for elected President Trump," reads the January 2017 US Intelligence Review. "Moscow's appearance in Moscow was that Secretary Clinton would probably vote The Russian influence campaign focused on undermining its expected presidency. "
Russia's Social Media Campaign
The scope of the Russian social media campaign went well beyond Kushner's claim of "a few Facebook ads".
A Kremlin-backed organization called the Internet Research Agency (IRA) ran the social media campaign in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mueller noted that at the end of the 2016 US election, the IRA "had the opportunity to reach millions of US people through their social media accounts."
The IRA purchased over 3,500 Facebook ads and spent approximately $ 100,000 on political ads. the report states. The group also controlled several Facebook groups and Instagram accounts that had "hundreds of thousands of US participants," Mueller said.
About a year after the election, a Facebook executive told congress that the IRA had controlled around 470 accounts with 80,000 items between January 2015 and August 2017.
But the biggest statistic concerns reach.
"Facebook estimated that the IRA has reached up to 126 million people through its Facebook accounts," says the Mueller report.
Her efforts went far beyond Facebook. In addition, the IRA controlled Twitter accounts with "tens of thousands of followers," Mueller said, adding that among the supporters were "several US politicians who had tweeted content created by the IRA again."
Twitter later revealed that the IRA had more than 3,800 controlled accounts and probably reached nearly 1.5 million Twitter users.
Russia's Hack-and-Dump Operation
Kushner's description also ignored the Russian intelligence operation to steal and release documents.
To help Trump's chances, Russian hackers controlled the GRU, Russia's military intelligence service, stealing e-mails from the Democrats and Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta, and forwarding them to several publishers, including WikiLeaks, Mueller concluded.
Two WikiLeaks Dumps That Damaged Clinton Material Arrived at Crucial Moments During the Campaign
In late July 2016, Democrats elected Clinton as their presidential candidate in the Democratic National Co invention. But a few days before the Nominating Congress, a ceremony designed to foster party unity, WikiLeaks published stolen e-mails from the Democratic Party.
The first installment – nearly 20,000 emails – revealed an embarrassing view of the internal deliberations within the Democratic National Committee. The correspondence seemed to show that the party apparatus had conspired to reinforce Clinton and undermine his rival Bernie Sanders.
The emails sparked democratic struggles just as the party sought to unify support for Clinton The month before the election came on October 7.
This afternoon, the Washington Post published a video of an Access Hollywood 2005 interview, in which Trump prided that his celebrity status enabled him to touch women.
Less than an hour after the Trump tape was released, WikiLeaks announced that it had received 50,000 emails from Podesta. It published a first landfill of about 2,000 messages by the chairman of the Clinton campaign.
The timing of the release of Podesta's email gave rise to the presumption that WikiLeaks wanted to distract from Access Hollywood news. Nearly all results of the Müller report on the role of WikiLeaks are deleted.
Kushner said Russia's interference in the 2016 elections included "some Facebook ads".
This claim makes Russia's action terrible This campaign included both social media efforts in support of Trump's candidacy and a hack-and-dump operation aimed at undermining Democrat choices.
Especially on Facebook, the technology company estimates that the Kremlin-controlled accounts reach 126 million people around the polls.
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