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Rick Gates Solicited Proposal For Online Disinformation Campaign to Help Trump

Rick Gates Solicited Proposal For Online Disinformation Campaign to Help Trump”

Specifically, campaign official Rick Gates asked a company called Psy-Group-made up mostly of former Israeli intelligence agents-for proposals on ways to attack Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton and to generally turn GOP voters toward Trump. And he wanted to use social media to sow division and deepen rifts among the American electorate.

Gates wanted to use fake social media personas to ensure Trump was the favorite of delegates at the Republican National Convention. Cruz, at the time, was the only person standing between Donald Trump and the Republican nomination.

A separate proposal related to opposition research and "complementary intelligence activities" about Clinton and people close to her, according to copies of the proposals obtained Times and interviews with four people involved in creating the documents.

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

"Mr Zamel never pitched, or otherwise discussed, any of Psy-Group's proposals relating to the U.S. elections with anyone related to the Trump campaign, including not with Donald Trump Jr., except for outlining the capabilities of some of his companies in general terms", Zamel's lawyer, Marc Mukasey, said in a statement as cited by The Times.

A lawyer for Trump Jr., Alan Futerfas, told the The Times in May that "prior to the 2016 election, Donald Trump Jr. recalls a meeting with Erik Prince, George Nader, and another individual who may be Joel Zamel".

While there is no evidence that the plans were implemented, the fact that a Trump campaign official covertly sought to manipulate social media plays into the claim that Russian Federation used social media to help Trump.

The Times report makes it clear there's no indication the Trump campaign actually acted on these proposals, and Gates himself was "ultimately uninterested" in them.



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