Carter Page to take the Fifth
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.