“The integrity of our process to serve as an independent check on the Executive Branch must be respected by everyone, including the President. Our nation’s laws prohibit efforts to discourage, intimidate, or otherwise pressure a witness not to provide testimony to Congress. The President should make no statement or take any action to obstruct Congress’ independent oversight and investigative efforts, including by seeking to discourage any witness from testifying in response to a duly authorized request from Congress.”
crayegg wrote:No because they're not Republican.
I'll look forward to the mueller report.
Professor Fate wrote:Preposterous! How does the difference between one poll showing Trump behind by 11, and another one showing him behind by 8 make any difference whatsoever in Russia's attempts to swing votes? Try again.
Due to some sloppy editing, the world now knows that Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, gave polling data to GRU intelligence officer Konstantin Kilimnik. Many people may be wondering why this matters.But it’s a mistake to treat polling data as mere briefing material; it’s actionable information. Those of us in advertising use it to decide who to target; to position the brands we represent as distinctive from other brands; to develop messaging and ads; and to knock competitors out of their positions in consumers’ minds. We’ve known since 2017 that the Russian disinformation campaign during the 2016 presidential election did the same thing — aiming different posts at people who indicated that they “liked” patriotism or lived in Ferguson, Mo.
Passing on this kind of information gives a partner the ability to reach audiences in a very personalized way. And if that partner is a foreign country intent on influencing voters, exploiting divisions and disrupting elections, the data is priceless. It gives them the tools to get pretty close to the holy grail of marketing: to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right message.
Wabash wrote:Source of the post
There is a great Op-Ed in today's WaPo that details why the polling data Manafort shared was a big deal.
Professor Fate wrote:Source of the post Speculation by the op-ed writer about what would be the value of giving detailed info on voters.
Professor Fate wrote:Source of the post As far as he or anyone else knows, all he may have said is "Our polling shows our guy is closer than the polls you see on 'real clear politics.' "
Correction: January 8, 2019
A previous version of this article misidentified the people to whom Paul Manafort wanted a Russian
associate to send polling data. Mr. Manafort wanted the data sent to two Ukrainian oligarchs,
Serhiy Lyovochkin and Rinat Akhmetov, not to Oleg V. Deripaska, a Russian oligarch close to the
Both Mr. Manafort and Rick Gates, the deputy campaign manager, transferred the data to Mr.
Kilimnik in the spring of 2016 as Mr. Trump clinched the Republican presidential nomination,
according to a person knowledgeable about the situation. Most of the data was public, but some of
it was developed by a private polling firm working for the campaign, according to the person
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