Russia Probe Now Investigating Cambridge Analytica, Trump’s ‘Psychographic’ Data Gurus

also investigating Cambridge Analytica for its work in the successful campaign, which ended in a vote for Britain to part ways with the European Union.denied a report from Politico that he said he would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights when called to testify before congressional committees. He told The Hill that he would testify before a committee on Nov. 1.

Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayThe rising importance of food to America’s national security Group fights to keep cholesterol warnings in dietary guidelines GOP hammers Obama on crude export ban MORE (R-Texas). When contacted, an aide to Conaway declined to address specifics of the probe, citing the ongoing investigation."I did nothing that could even possibly be viewed as helping them in any way," Page has told Fox News about his conversations with Russian officials.Foreign Policy reported in April 2017 that Russian intelligence agents once unsuccessfully tried to recruit Page as a spy in 2013. Page has contended that any information he shared with Russians was nothing more than "the same energy documents that [he] sent [and] gave" to his students at NYU. 

Carter Page to take the Fifth

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The firm developed a bad-boy reputation in the early months of the 2016 campaign season, buoyed by its aggressive PR operation. One of the early pieces on it, published by Politico on July 7, 2015, reported the firm is connected to SCL Group, a company that provided “military disinformation campaigns,” among other services. And Cambridge Analytica’s claim to target ads by using “psychographic profiles” generated significant buzz—and significant pushback to that buzz.

Cambridge Analytica is a U.S. offshoot of its British parent company SCL Group that helped with Trump’s digital operation ahead of the 2016 vote. 

agreed to an interview with the House committee in its probe. In July, he denied having any knowledge of Russian involvement in the campaign’s data operations. Start and finish your day with the top stories from The Daily Beast.

The company is said to be turning documents over to the committee. 

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A cover story in Forbes published shortly after the election noted that “Kushner’s crew” brought on the firm “to map voter universes and identify which parts of the Trump platform mattered most…”However, federal court documents show that he was previously the target of Russian intelligence operation in 2013, and a Washington Post report from April says that he was the subject of a federal foreign surveillance warrant last year.

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Share CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN Oct 11th 2017 7:47AM Former Trump adviser Carter Page is pleading his Fifth Amendment right and refusing to hand over documents to a Congressional inquiry into Russian election meddling.


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told the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday he plans to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights if called to testify before the committee investigating Russian election meddling, according to Politico. (Page subsequently denied the Politico report to the Hill.) Page, who served as a foreign policy adviser in the early days of the Trump campaign, has long been in the cross hairs of American investigators for his Russia links; the FBI was even able to convince a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge to grant it permission to monitor Page’s communications as far back as July 2016.

as Facebook, Twitter, and Google are also being swept into the larger investigation of how exactly Russia worked to manipulate voters in the run-up to Trump’s election victory. Cambridge Analytica’s website claims that the company has “up to 5,000 data points on over 230 million American voters,” which it can use to create psychological profiles to “effectively engage and persuade voters using specially tailored language and visual ad combinations” that appeal to each person on an emotional level. A group from the firm worked in the same office as Trump’s digital campaign team, according to Theresa Hong, one of the main brains behind the Trump team’s online push.

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