Trumps New Campaign Manager Refused to Turn Over Key Russiagate Docs to Congress
The man chosen to spearhead President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election bid previously ignored Congressional document production requests related to foreign interference in the 2016 general election'and is presently the subject of a subpoena request filed by Congressional Democrats.
Brad Parscale's appointment as Trump's 2020 campaign chair was announced mid-morning Tuesday by the White House. Prior to taking on this role, Parscale served as Trump's digital media director and 'guru'' in 2016.
Because of his digital media work for Trump, however, Parscale eventually found himself embroiled in the broader Russiagate inquiry. On July 14, 2017, the head of web marketing firm Giles-Parscale agreed to appear before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in order to discuss what he did'or didn't'know about Russian electoral interference. Parscale released a copy of his testimony, noting, in part:
I am unaware of any Russian involvement in the digital and data operation of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign. The Trump campaign used the exact same digital marketing strategies that are used every day by corporate America. The only collaboration I am aware of in the Trump digital campaign was with staff provided to the campaign by Facebook, Google and Twitter'I have accepted a request from the House Intelligence Committee to meet with them for a voluntary interview, and I look forward to sharing with them everything I know.
That interview didn't seal the deal for Congressional investigators. On October 26, 2017, Democratic Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Elijah Cummings issued a series of letters to various Trump 2016 campaign vendors seeking documents related to suspected Russian electoral interference and asking those companies to categorically deny any contact with 'foreign actors' during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Two of those vendors declined the Democrats' requests: (1) Cambridge Analytica; and (2) Giles-Parscale'the San Antonio, Texas-based data analytics firm run by Brad Parscale.....
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