Mueller claims Russians are using his material for a disinformation campaignPosted by Catherine Reed / January 31, 2019
According to a recent complaint filed by Robert Mueller, Russians are using his discovery materials as part of a disinformation campaign. The goal of this campaign, Mueller suggests, is to discredit his investigation into possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. Mueller hopes that his complaint will enable him to stop sharing information with the Russian company Concord Management.
Concord Management is run by Yevgeniy Prigozhin, known as President Vladimir Putin’s “chef.” Concord Management is also one of the companies behind the social media election tampering campaigns in 2016.
In the latest disinformation campaign––the one designed to discredit Mueller’s investigation––hackers released some of the nonsensitive materials from Mueller’s investigation. The information was released through a twitter account based in Russia claiming to have hacked the Mueller investigation, which has subsequently been suspended. The release was designed to make readers believe that this information was all Mueller had. There is no evidence that the material was obtained through a hack. As a result, Mueller concluded that the material was leaked by Concord Management.
The fact that the Russians accused of tampering with the 2016 presidential campaign are now tampering with the investigation to that tampering suggests that Mueller is indeed onto something. It’s also significant that the company under investigation is run by someone close to Putin. Although circumstantial, this does point to some ties between the current administration and Russia.
President Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former U.S. officials said.
The ties between Americans and Russians go deeper than even these connections suggest. This hacked emails reveal that: “revealed that a senior figure in the Bradley Foundation, a prominent financier of right-wing groups in the US, attended a gala alongside Russian oligarchs and officials shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2014.”
I think it’s an overstatement to suggest that the entire Republican Party is somehow in cahoots with Russia, as some critiques are suggesting. But the evidence is mounting that extremely wealthy Russians and extremely wealthy Americans are working together to align political circumstances in ways that work best for both groups.
While this is happening, Donald Trump’s campaign promises are crumbling. He caved on the Wall––and long gone was the promise that Mexico would pay for it. The economy isn’t as fantastic as Trump says. Oh, and that $10,000,000 factory that would bring 13,000 jobs to Wisconsin? Foxconn is reconsidering their plans to build that plant. So much of what Trump promised is not happening. But the business ties between Trump and Russia could be a potential gold mine. Time will if these speculations are true.