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House Intel Committee targets shady RNC-aligned data firm Cambridge Analytica in Russia probe: report

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The House intelligence committee is looking at the data analysis company Cambridge Analytica, which worked for Donald Trump’s campaign during the 2016 presidential election, the Daily Beast reports.

The data-mining and data analysis company is turning over documents to the committee as part of its investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election. Steven Bannon, Donald Trump’s former campaign chief who became chief White House strategist, holds a stake in the company that’s valued between $1 million and $5 million; he also formerly served as vice president of the board.

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One source told the Daily Beast the committees’ probe of the company is “fruitful.”

Jared Kushner, Trumps’ son-in-law and a top White House advisor, told Forbes in 2016 that micro-targeting was at the forefront of the campaign’s digital operation. “I called somebody who works for one of the technology companies that I work with, and I had them give me a tutorial on how to use Facebook micro-targeting,” Kushner explained. “We brought in Cambridge Analytica. I called some of my friends from Silicon Valley who were some of the best digital marketers in the world.”

One of the major investors in Cambridge Analytica is Robert Mercer, the billionaire Trump backer who also helped bankroll Breitbart.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), who sits on the House intelligence committee, told Vanity Fair in September she wonders if the data operation played a role in Russia’s targeted attack on the U.S. presidential election.

“I think the Russians had help,” Speier said. “I’ve always wondered if Cambridge Analytica was part of that.”

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WATCH: Trump flees Bedminster press conference after reporter busts him for lying about veterans

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President Donald Trump held his second hastily arranged press conference in two days at his Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey on Saturday.

Trump began the press conference by falsely claiming credit for the Veterans Choice bill that was signed by President Barack Obama.

CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale has recorded Trump lying about the bill more than 140 times.

https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1292194842064441344

But this time, CBS News reporter Paula Reid challenged Trump on his lies.

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Trump accuses Democrats of ‘trying to steal an election’ with mail-in voting during the COVID-19 pandemic

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President Donald Trump accused Democrats of conspiring to steal an election at a hastily arranged news conference held at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.

And angry Trump lashed out at Democrats for seeking to allow voting by mail in the November election.

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's press conference, where he questioned if Democrats love America:

https://twitter.com/jeffmason1/status/1292196974746370055

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Pelosi blasts Trump as ‘not a well person’ and wonders if GOP is motivated by a ‘manhood thing’: report

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) briefed members of the Democratic Caucus on Saturday about the state of negotiations over the next coronavirus stimulus bill.

Luke Broadwater, a congressional correspondent for The New York Times, posted a thread about the call on Twitter, citing "sources on call."

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) was also on the call, and reportedly blasted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows for the failure to reach a deal.

“Meadows, when John Boehner and Paul Ryan was Speaker, impeded every agreement they tried to make with us on must-pass legislation," Hoyer reported said.

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