Rachel Maddow Pounces On Trump-Linked Firm For Using Stolen Russian Data

Rachel Maddow pounced on a new admission on Wednesday that a Trump-linked firm used data stolen by a Russian researcher to influence the 2016 presidential election.

It’s the latest indication that collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin is increasingly likely.

“With everything else going on in the Trump administration, everything else going on in the world, we are still every day dealing with this question of whether or not our president was chosen not just because of a foreign intelligence operation,” Maddow said.

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With everything else going on in the Trump administration, everything else going on in the world, we are still every day dealing with this question of whether or not our president was chosen not just because of a foreign intelligence operation. We’re grappling with this existential question as to whether his campaign was part of that foreign intelligence operation. And now there is this admission today that in fact the Trump campaign’s data firm in the election run by his top donor Robert Mercer, led by his campaign chief Steve Bannon, that data firm was a foreign firm using foreign workers microtargeting U.S. voters in swing states right up through election day, using an incredibly potent personalized detailed data set that was stolen for them by a Russian researcher paid for by the Russian government. And I — and I know that sounds like international news. I know that sounds like something about other countries, but that’s the problem, right? Because it’s not supposed to be international news when you tell the story of how you got the current American president.

The collusion question is closer to being answered

It’s easy to take this serious matter – foreign intervention in a U.S. election – for granted with all the chaos simultaneously swirling around this administration. After all, there seems to be corruption lurking in every corner of the White House.

But Rachel Maddow zeroed in on what remains the most important question of this presidency, and it has since day one: Did the Trump administration actively work with Russia to steal the 2016 election?

With today’s admission that a top Trump-linked data firm used stolen info from Russia, we were brought even closer to having the answer to that critical question.

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