Rick Gates Solicited Proposal For Online Disinformation Campaign to Help Trump

Rick Gates Solicited Proposal For Online Disinformation Campaign to Help Trump

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election.

Donald Trump Jr reportedly met with an Israeli intelligence firm that offered the Trump campaign a plan to create fake social media profiles and gather "intelligence dossiers" on Hillary Clinton.

A third proposal by the company Psy-Group, staffed by former Israeli intelligence operatives, outlined a plan to help Trump using social media to reinforce divisions among rivals, the report said.

There is no evidence that the Trump campaign accepted and acted on the proposals, nor is there evidence that this is connected to Russia's interference. Ted Cruz of Texas, Trump's main opponent at the time.

Gates first heard about Psy-Group's work during a March 2016 meeting at the Mandarin Oriental hotel along the Washington waterfront with George Birnbaum, a Republican consultant with close ties to current and former Israeli government officials.

The Trump campaign's interest in the work began as Russians were escalating their effort to aid Trump. "Another proposal describes opposition research and "complementary intelligence activities" about Mrs. Clinton and people close to her".

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Psy-Group created several secretive proposals for the Trump campaign at the behest of Rick Gates, who has since pleaded guilty and offered to cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into foreign meddling in the U.S. election, The New York Times reported. Donald Trump was known as "Lion" Cruz was "Bear" and Clinton was referred to as "Forest". The Times reports Psy-Group's owner pitched the proposals at a 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr., United Arab Emirates adviser George Nader and Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary company Blackwater.

Gates, along with Paul Manafort, were indicted for tax evasion and financial fraud last fall.

The Psy-Group proposals would have cost over $3.4 million, according to the documents obtained by The Times. Gates pleaded guilty to lying to investigators and agreed to cooperate with the special counsel's probe.

A lawyer for Zamel denied to the Times that he had discussed the proposal with anyone from the Trump campaign.

Mr. Zamel's attorney told The Times the meeting at Trump Tower was just to outline the company's capabilities in "general terms".

While the media has been focussed on Russia's social media manipulation and election interference efforts in 2016, it appears that Russian Federation was not the only ones trying to distort America's views with fake social media profiles.

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