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Data firm draws eye of Mueller in inquiry

Trump campaign aides questioned

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was originally published March 23, 2018 at 3:22 a.m. Updated March 23, 2018 at 3:22 a.m.

In a photo from Wednesday, May 9, 2012, then-FBI Director Robert Mueller appears before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Chief Executive of Cambridge Analytica (CA) Alexander Nix, leaves the offices in central London, Tuesday March 20, 2018.

In this Nov. 15, 2016 file photo, Brad Parscale, who was the Trump campaign's digital director, waits for an elevator at Trump Tower in New York.

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon speaks during the "Weltwoche on the road - Steve Bannon" event in Zurich, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 6, 20...

Chris Wylie, from Canada, who once worked for the UK-based political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, answers a question from the audience at the ...

Special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing the connections between President Donald Trump's campaign and the data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has come under criticism over reports that it swiped the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to sway elections.

Chief Executive of Cambridge Analytica (CA) Alexander Nix, leaves the offices in central London, Tuesday March 20, 2018.

In this Nov. 15, 2016 file photo, Brad Parscale, who was the Trump campaign's digital director, waits for an elevator at Trump Tower in New York.

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon speaks during the "Weltwoche on the road - Steve Bannon" event in Zurich, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 6, 20...

Chris Wylie, from Canada, who once worked for the UK-based political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, answers a question from the audience at the ...

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RBear says... March 23, 2018 at 6:45 a.m.

I would have done the same thing as Mueller. The linkages between Cambridge Analytica and members of the Trump campaign team are strong (Bannon had a stake in the company). The company gleaned its data through research provided by a Russian-American professor who also did work for the Russian government. There are other ties that have been exposed from CA to Russia, which would drive Mueller to follow these trails.
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One likely scenario is that CA provided the psychographic profiles to the Russian troll factors who could then leverage the information in targeting respective groups in messaging which we know happened. That would be a strong link of collusion that Mueller would need to help get to the heart of his investigation. If that link is discovered, this thing is over and Trump will be scrambling.
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Now you can see why Trump is pushing so hard to end the investigation. It could easily be getting too close to the facts of collusion and he's getting worried. He does seem to be employing a bunkering down mentality recently and making erratic decisions.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... March 24, 2018 at 11:50 p.m.

O hell, Obama did the same thing.

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