Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Israeli help reportedly sought in '16 race

Israeli help reportedly sought in '16 race

Zamel has been questioned by investigators for the special counsel, according to the reports, and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have traveled to Israel to interview employees about the proposal and have asked Israeli police to seize computers from Psy-Group's Petah Tikva offices.

Gates "sought one proposal to use bogus personas to target and sway 5,000 delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention by attacking Sen".

There was no evidence that the Trump campaign followed through on the proposals to use social media manipulation and intelligence gathering. Ted Cruz of Texas, Trump's main opponent at the time.

According to The New York Times, Psy-Group's owner, Joel Zamel, met with Trump Jr to propose "Project Rome".

The Trump campaign's interest in the work began as Russians were escalating their effort to aid Trump.

Gates first heard about Psy-Group's work during a March 2016 meeting at the Mandarin Oriental hotel along the Washington waterfront with George Birnbaum, a Republican consultant with close ties to current and former Israeli government officials.

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In the document, Trump was code-named "Lion" and Clinton was "Forest". "Another proposal describes opposition research and "complementary intelligence activities" about Mrs. Clinton and people close to her". He went on to testify against Manafort, who was found guilty of tax and bank fraud, .

In February, Gates pledged to cooperate with Mueller as he pleaded guilty to defrauding the United States by failing to report offshore banking accounts, as well as to one count of lying over his work as a foreign agent for Ukraine.

The Psy-Group proposals would have cost over $3.4 million, according to the documents obtained by The Times.

"Mr. Zamel never pitched, or otherwise discussed, any of Psy-Group's proposals relating to the US elections with anyone related to the Trump campaign, including not with Donald Trump Jr., except for outlining the capabilities of some of his companies in general terms", said the lawyer, Marc Mukasey.

After scouring social media accounts and all other available information to compile a dossier on the psychology of any persuadable delegate, more than 40 Psy-Group employees would use "authentic looking" fake online identities to bombard up to 2,500 targets with specially tailored messages meant to win them over to Mr. Trump.

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