Russia Russia Russia interfering in the 2016 presidential election has taken a weird turn. It seems that the Department of Justice, the place run by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has been looking into where all the BlackMattersUS Facebook profiles originated, and it turns out it was not in the United States. No, all those lily white people who organized a protest through Facebook in November 2016 actually were made up in a Russian social media farm.
As the Hill reported, “the BlackMatters organizing group was connected to the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian “troll farm” with ties to the Kremlin, according to a recent investigation by the Russian Magazine RBC.
Facebook has identified the IRA as the group responsible for purchasing 3,000 political ads on Facebook’s platform and operating 470 accounts that appear to have attempted to influence the perspectives of Americans during the 2016 elections.
And now it’s confirmed: from Section 57 of the DOJ complaint against the Russian trolls who “interfered, but did not impact” the outcome of the election:
After the election of Donald Trump in or around November 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators used false U.S. personas to organize and coordinate U.S. political rallies in support of then president-elect Trump, while simultaneously using other false U.S. personas to organize and coordinate U.S. political rallies protesting the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
And here we were led to believe that the Russians were buying up advertising and all of that to BACK Trump, not defeat him and sully his presidency.
Strange. How did Robert Mueller and all the Democrats get that so wrong? After all, isn’t Mr. Mueller supposed to be investigating Russian collusion with the Trump Administration, or transition team, or his doorman at Trump Tower or something? It looks like that little endeavor really is a wild goose chase, only there’s no goose to be cooked.