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Malcolm Nance: "Multiple Teams"
On Trump Campaign Sought Foreign Help
They wanted something more - specific - than Clinton's e-mails
By Ray Cunneff
October 9, 2018
Cybersecurity expert Malcolm Nance appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Tuesday to dissect the new report* that former Donald Trump deputy campaign manager Rick Gates sought proposals from an Israeli company to manipulate social media during the 2016 election season.
Gates is now reportedly cooperating fully with the Mueller investigation into Trump's Russia connections and possible conspiracy to subvert the 2016 U.S. elections. Gates did not accept the pitch, but what later transpired on social media strongly resembles what was proposed. And on election day, the Israeli company received a $2 million check from Trump backer (and now immunized witness) George Nader.
"If you look at the timeline, this conversation took place in March 2016. This is just about the exact same time that the Democratic National Committee was discovering that their servers had been hacked into, that George Papadopoulos was out meeting with suspected members of Russian intelligence, and the rumor that Hillary Clinton’s emails were in the possession of the Kremlin, were being floated all around at this time.”
“What’s interesting is Trump had already had Cambridge Analytica for over a year, Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon were on the board of the company, already carrying out these operations. Which means there was something more — specific — they wanted and this side group was out to try to help them acquire that information.”
“Another key point to this is, Robert Mueller went to Israeli with Israeli authorities and they tore Psy-Group apart. They interviewed everybody, went there, seized computers and documents.”
“This group is a black hole in the story of which we can only learn more and see whether they were actually tied to Moscow in some way or just an independent operation that Trump funded.”
*The latest report by The New York Times that Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign sought proposals from an Israeli private intelligence firm to create fake online personas to manipulate U.S. citizens could increase the legal liability facing Donald Trump, Jr.
Malcolm Nance is the author of the 2018 book, The Plot to Destroy Democracy. His book The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Electionwas published in September 2016, just before the election.