Monday, October 30, 2017
|Read the indictment against Paul Manafort - The Boston Globe|
|Paul Manafort, Who Once Ran Trump Campaign, Indicted on Money Laundering and Tax Charges - New York Times|
|READ: Federal grand jury indictment against Manafort, Gates - CNN|
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|Manafort surrenders, Gates asked to turn himself in to Mueller, source says|
A White House spokesman told CNN the Trump administration "may not have a response at all" regarding the charges.
Manafort, whose work for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has attracted scrutiny from federal investigators, has previously denied financial wrongdoing regarding his Ukraine-related payments, his bank accounts in offshore tax shelters and his various real-estate transactions over the years. Gates, who has also denied wrongdoing, was Manafort's longtime business associate in his lobbying firm before being tapped as his deputy on the Trump campaign.
They are the first two officials in Trump's orbit charged in connection with the special counsel investigation, which is exploring whether Trump's actions surrounding the firing of former FBI Director James Comey amount to obstruction of justice. Mueller has taken a broad approach to his mandate that includes a focus on the financial dealings of Trump's team.
Before the indictment, the FBI in July executed aso-called no-knock search warrant
with guns drawn at Manafort's home in Alexandria, Virginia, seizing financial and tax documents, including some that had already been provided to congressional investigators.
|Paul Manafort, Who Once Ran Trump Campaign, Told to Surrender|
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|WSJ.com: World News: Russian-Backed Facebook Accounts Organized Events on All Sides of Polarizing Issues|
Workers behind Russian-linked Facebook accounts helped organize or finance real-life events, often working directly with U.S. activists and playing both sides of the same hot-button issues.
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|Jared Kushner traveled unannounced to Saudi Arabia - CNN|
|7:49 PM 10/29/2017 Suggestibility, intelligence, voting behaviors, and the Cambridge Analyticas targeted psychographic advertising|
Suggestibility, intelligence, voting behaviors, and the Cambridge Analytica’s targeted “psychographic” advertising Suggestibility is correlated with intelligence negatively, meaning that less intelligent people are more suggestible. There always be the sufficient number of the suggestible subjects whose voting preferences can be influenced by the specially designed, still very much mysterious and unclear in all its aspects and effects, … Continue reading "7:49 PM 10/29/2017 – Suggestibility, intelligence, voting behaviors, and the Cambridge Analytica’s targeted “psychographic” advertising"
|How Russia's fake social media accounts propelled Donald Trump - ThinkProgress|
|Trump digital director, originally paid $1500 for Trump website, earned $94 million - Metro US|
|How Digital Inexperience Paid Off in the Trump Campaign - Civicist|
|How Russian Propaganda Spreads On Social Media : All Tech ... - NPR|
|How Facebook and Twitter Quietly Helped Trump Win|
If you made a list of the factors that landed Donald Trump in the White House, Trump campaign digital director Brad Parscalewould put Facebook near the top. “Facebook now lets you get to places—and places possibly that you would never go with TV ads,” Parscale told CBS earlier this month. “Now, I can find, you know, 15 people in the Florida Panhandle that I would never buy a TV commercial for. And, we took opportunities that I think the other side didn't.” The relationship with Silicon Valley wasn’t one sided: as major tech companies face mounting criticism for allowing political disinformation to proliferate on their platforms, a new study suggests that employees at Facebook, Google, and Twitter also took on crucial roles within the Trump campaign, acting more like political strategists than on-site salespeople.
The collaboration allowed Team Trump to shore up its digital operations in a way that would have been difficult to accomplish on its own, according to Politico, which got an early look at the study. Embedded tech employees took on responsibilities such as targeting hard-to-reach voters and coming up with responses to probable lines of attack during debates. “Facebook, Twitter, and Google [went] beyond promoting their services and facilitating digital advertising buys,” the peer-reviewed paper concludes. The companies “actively [shaped] campaign communications through their close collaboration with political staffers.”
The Clinton campaign turned down the assistance, which Facebook, Google, and Twitter all offered to 2016 candidates free of charge. (One tech company employee in the study said her campaign “viewed us as vendors rather than consultants.”) The Trump campaign, on the other hand, used the “embeds” extensively during the general election. Ultimately, the work each company did for Trump—Google recommending geographically targeted ads, Twitter analyzing the success of tweet-based fundraising efforts, and Facebook identifying which pictures performed best on Instagram, for instance—helped close the gap between him and Clinton, experts cited in the study conclude.
The collaboration likely proved lucrative for all three companies. Online political-ad spending during the 2016 election totaled $1.4 billion—the Trump campaign spent $70 million on Facebook alone, making client services a valuable extension of Facebook’s ad product. The collaboration also conferred additional benefits, as Politico points out: national exposure, a testing ground for new features and products, and the chance to build a relationship with a candidate who might end up holding the regulatory reins once in office.
In the wake of Trump’s victory, Silicon Valley is facing difficult questions about that symbiotic relationship, and a potential regulatory reckoning. It also underscores a nearly universal truth about how the tech and media industries treated the 2016 presidential race: employees at Facebook and Twitter, among other companies in the overwhelmingly liberal Bay Area, never really expected Trump to win.
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|Here come those state-level charges against Jared Kushner that Donald Trump cant pardon|
Jared Kushner is facing enough legal trouble on the federal level that various pundits have mentioned his name as being among those who could be arrested tomorrow in relation to Donald Trump’s Russia scandal. That in turn has led to the question of whether Trump would try to pardon his son-in-law Kushner, in order to keep Kushner from cutting a deal against him. However, if that is Donald’s plan, a big monkey wrench has just been thrown into it.
Let’s hypothetically say that Jared Kushner is arrested tomorrow or in a later round of Trump Russia arrests on federal charges related to his secret meetings with the Russians during the campaign and transition period, and his subsequent failure to disclose those meetings on his White House security clearance forms. Let’s further say that Kushner then decides not to cut a deal, on the premise that Trump will pardon him anyway. The trouble: Kushner is suddenly facing the possibility of state level charges as well.
The Attorney General of Maryland is now investigating Jared Kushner’s family business for a number of serious alleged violations in the real estate field (link). That doesn’t mean that Kushner or anyone in his family is guilty. Nor does it mean that charges will be brought. But these investigations tend to lead to charges more often than not. If Kushner is hypothetically charged with state level crimes, Donald Trump can’t pardon those.
This could result in a situation where even if Donald Trump pardons Jared Kushner on all Russia-related federal charges, Kushner could still be facing potential jail time in Maryland and Trump wouldn’t be able to get him off the hook for that. In the interest of the greater good, Maryland could offer to let Kushner off the hook if he flips on Trump on the federal level. It’s unclear if Special Counsel Robert Mueller is involved in the Maryland probe into Kushner.
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