The Washington Post published a fascinating scoop last night detailing a draft of the not yet released report by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Russian disinformation in the 2016 election. The committee engaged a network analysis firm from Oxford University to assess the election and determine which social media platforms the Russians attacked. They concluded that Russian messaging overwhelmingly supported Trump, and that Russian agents were actively trying to help him win the election. Moreover, the Russians were active on every media platform. We already know they were spreading memes and false narratives on Facebook, but they were also very active on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, YouTube and others. Read the full article by Craig Timberg and Tony Romm here:
The only question remaining is how much coordination the Russians had with the Trump campaign, and the answer looks clearer and more devastating with each passing day and guilty plea. Every arm of the Trump empire is now under investigation and the pressure on Trump will keep mounting. It was apparently revealed by Rudy Giuliani on a Sunday morning talk show that the Feds are looking at Trump’s financial dealings as far back as the 1980s, so they will likely find what many Manhattanites have assumed for decades: that the Trump organization has always been a fraudulent criminal enterprise.
Trump has been rage-tweeting this weekend at Mueller and Michael Cohen, and it looks increasingly likely that he will push for a limited government shutdown this week in a futile attempt to get Democrats to cave into his demands for $5billion in funding for his ridiculous border wall. But Trump hasn’t accepted that whoever shuts the government down is always the villain in the eyes of the public. This won’t go well for him.
Keep your eye on the Mueller probe this week, and keep resisting…