Special counsel Robert Mueller is now hunting down a new lead in his never-ending probe against Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign.
According to a New York Times report, approximately 50million Facebook users had their information taken without their consent by consulting group, Cambridge Analytica in 2014.
This allegedly happened after the firm had contacted Steve Bannon, promising him tools to identify personalities of American voters.
But according to the report, Cambridge Analytica did not have enough Facebook data to give Bannon. Thus, the company utilized a system to acquire access to 50million Facebook profiles illegitimately.
Former Cambridge Analytica employee Chris Wylie told the Guardian he has a paper trail of the harvested 50million-user data, along with receipts, invoices, emails and legal letters – that all support how between June and August of 2014 the Facebook accounts and data had been compromised.
Most damning of all, in 2014, he had a letter from Facebook’s own lawyers admitting that Cambridge Analytica had acquired the data illegitimately.
In 2014, a not yet-Trump Campaign chief strategist Steve Bannon was brought onto the board of Cambridge Analytica. The company is owned by billionaire Robert Mercer.
Facebook says Cambridge Analytica previously said they would destroy their users data in 2015, but they didn’t follow through. Facebook blocked Cambridge Analytica Friday while they investigate
Cambridge Analytica insists that none of the data was used by the Trump campaign. Meanwhile, Trump campaign officials downplayed Cambridge Analytica’s role saying they used them for TV advertising & paid some of its most skilled data employees.
Robert Mueller has requested that the firm turn over the emails of any employees who worked on the campaign.
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