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Mueller asks pro-Trump data firm Cambridge Analytica to turn over all campaign emails

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Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked data firm Cambridge Analytica to turn over documents related to campaign work for President Donald Trump.

The special counsel requested emails from any employees who worked on the Trump campaign as part of the ongoing investigation into election interference by Russia, reported the Wall Street Journal.

The firm voluntarily complied with Mueller’s request and turned over emails which had previously been provided to the House Intelligence Committee, the newspaper reported.

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CEO Alexander Nix was interviewed Thursday via videoconference by investigators on that House panel.

Mueller requested the emails before reports were published in October that Nix had contacted WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange during the 2016 campaign, the Journal reported.

WikiLeaks published thousands of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign officials, which U.S. intelligence agencies believe was hacked by Russian intelligence operatives.

Top Trump donor Rebekah Mercer, a part owner of the firm with her father, asked Nix whether the data firm could better organize the stolen emails released by WikiLeaks.

Robert Mercer, the billionaire hedge fund manager and Trump megadonor reportedly has a $10 million stake in Cambridge Analytica and until recently funded Breitbart News, which is overseen by Steve Bannon.

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Bannon introduced Nix to the campaign in May, and he took over as the Trump campaign’s chief executive officer in August 2016, after now-indicted Paul Manafort was forced out over his ties to Russia.


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Never Trump conservative strategist punches back at Laura Ingraham for saying he’s ‘hoping for calamity’

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On Tuesday, Fox News host Laura Ingraham lashed out at former GOP strategist and Never Trump conservative Steve Schmidt for criticizing President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, accusing him of "hoping for calamity."

Another irrelevant NeverTrump former Republican “strategist” who sounds like he’s hoping for calamity. https://t.co/JrII3n4EkH

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 31, 2020

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Kellyanne Conway is preparing to spread the ‘Big Lie’ designed to absolve Trump of screwing up coronavirus response: op-ed

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Writing in the Washington Post this Tuesday, Greg Sargent warns that President Trump's campaign is gearing up to disseminate a new "Big Lie" in a bid to ensure he's re-elected in the wake of his mishandling of the response to the coronavirus pandemic -- and Kellyanne Conway is leading the initial push.

According to the Big Lie, as relayed by Conway, the coronavirus was "unanticipated" and Trump will lead the country back to its former glory.

Sargent writes that in reality, "Trump vastly minimized the crisis in real time for weeks and weeks, at a time when his own health-care officials, as well as members of Congress and outside experts, were frantically doing the opposite, badly hampering the federal response."

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This researcher literally wrote the book on presidential failure — she’s never see anything like Trump’s

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“When presidents fail, they do so on a grand scale.”

That quote comes from “Why President Fail and How They Can Succeed Again,” a book by Elaine Kamarck, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government who worked in the White House under President Bill Clinton. The book was published in 2016, and in the shock of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, I gave it a read. As it documented the way much more prepared presidents had floundered when they needed to shine, the book terrified me about the prospects for a President Trump.

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