“I can’t talk about the evidence that may exist,” Blumenthal said regarding his allegation.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) suggested that President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was behind the Russian-bought Facebook ads that microtargetd specific areas of the country in an attempt to impact the 2016 presidential election during an interview on Wednesday.
CNN reported on Wednesday:
At least one of the Facebook ads bought by Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign referenced Black Lives Matter and was specifically targeted to reach audiences in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, sources with knowledge of the ads told CNN.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Blumenthal, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, about these Russian brought ads.
Blumenthal confirmed that he had seen some of the ads and said that they were “designed to sow discord, divide us,” and “to destabilize our democracy.”
Blitzer followed up by asking Blumenthal how the Russians knew where to target these ads, citing the sophistication behind the microtargeting.
“This microtargeting required sophistication, knowledge, and a great deal of data and research. And the real question, as you’ve just asked it, is how did they know how to microtarget?” Blumenthal responded.
Blitzer then asked Blumenthal if the Russians were getting help from Americans.
“There is speculation, to be absolutely blunt, that they received that help from the Trump campaign, which had a great deal of digital information to enable its own targeting,” Blumenthal told Blitzer.
“Who in the Trump campaign do you suspect was helping them?” Blitzer asked.
“Well, again, the public reports are that Jared Kushner was in charge of that digital operation,” Blumenthal responded.
Blitzer followed up by asking Blumenthal whether he had seen evidence to suggest that Kushner had been involved in assisting the Russians in their microtargeting effort.
“I can’t talk about the evidence that may exist, but I think it is an area of investigation that needs to be pursued,” Blumenthal responded.
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