In the last few weeks, Republicans have been ramping up their efforts to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller. Only a handful of them have been gunning for Mueller, until now. But since he has begun investigating the Republican National Committee for potential involvement in the Russia-Trump scandal, Republicans have been coming out of the woodwork to discredit Mueller.
It has been claimed that Russians specifically targeted voters in states such as Wisconsin and Michigan and fed these areas fake political news to influence their votes during the 2016 Presidential Election. Mueller has folded this information into his investigation. Russian trolls had knowledge that allowed them to target voters in specific areas. Mueller is looking into the RNC to see if they were the ones who provided the Russians with this voter data.
Members of the Trump campaign team and the RNC worked together on the digital portion of Trump’s campaign. Now Mueller’s investigative team is attempting to ascertain if members of the team or the RNC provided information and assistance to the Russian trolls who attempted to influence voters. This new direction is also the latest scare for Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law. Kushner has already come under scrutiny for his foreign contacts and he managed the digital portion of Trump’s campaign.
It was reported by CNN in October 2017 that ads placed by Russian linked Facebook accounts that were “geared at swaying public opinion” targeted Michigan and Wisconsin in particular because they were “heavily contested battlegrounds. The new investigative direction casts a shadow on the RNC and the president’s own family, and that has Republicans scrambling. As New York Magazine wrote:
Experts don’t think the trolls behind Russian Facebook accounts could have determined who to target on their own, but the question is whether the help they got came from Trump’s orbit. The leading suspects at this point are Kushner and Brad Parscale, the campaign’s digital media director.