Following the recent bombshell that Mueller’s team indicted 12 Russian operatives for hacking the DNC, many are wondering why so few Republicans are voicing outrage.
Congressional Republicans have have tried their best to undermine Robert Mueller. Until spring of this year, it seemed only a few of them were going after Mueller, but once he began investigating the RNC for their potential involvement in the Trump-Russia scandal, more Republicans have turned.
We then found out that Russians targeted voters in Wisconsin and Michigan by feeding them fake political news to sway their votes in Trump’s favor during the 2016 the presidential election. These hackers had knowledge that allowed them to specifically target voters in specific areas using information that they could not have had on their own. They clearly got the data they used for targeting voters from somewhere.
New York Magazine reported that Robert Mueller was looking into the Republican National Committee to see if they provided this voter data to the Russians.
Mueller’s team is trying to determine if members of the Trump campaign and Republican National Committee, who worked together on the digital arm of Trump’s campaign, provided assistance to Russian trolls attempting to influence voters. It’s the latest scare for Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, who managed the digital campaign and has already come under scrutiny by the special counsel for his foreign contacts
CNN reported in October 2017 that ads placed by Russia-linked Facebook accounts targeted Michigan and Wisconsin in particular, with many “geared at swaying public opinion in the most heavily contested battlegrounds.”
That was actually the first major indication that Mueller was indeed investigating whether Trump and his Republican minions worked with the Russian government to rig the outcome of the 2016 election, particularly in two states that were mathematically impossible for Trump to win based on the lead Hillary Clinton had in the polls.
Even Republicans’ very own internal data had Trump losing the entire election, according to a Politico report.
“Less than an hour before the polls closed on November 8, 2016, Ryan made the phone call he’d been dreading. With a handful of staffers and family members lingering nearby, Ryan was patched through to senior officials at the RNC in Washington. They had been analyzing voting patterns and running turnout models throughout the day, and were prepared to share their projections with the speaker: Trump was going to go down in flames, earning just 220 electoral votes. Republicans would lose nearly 20 House seats. Democrats would retake control of the United States Senate. Exactly the debacle Ryan had feared.”
So now that no reasonable person can remain agnostic about there was Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, what will the Republicans do about it? Would they enjoy being viewed as the party that puts not only party before country… but also puts party before the democratic process?