The Swamp’s fishing expedition to prove Russian interference in the 2016 election is reaching desperate new lows.
Now Robert Mueller is zeroing in on Facebook.
And this turn threatens to expose this truth about his investigation.
Reports recently surfaced that Russians allegedly purchased $100,000 worth of Facebook ads from 2015 to 2017.
The Verge reports:
A Russian company that created fake accounts and pages purchased $100,000 worth of advertising during the US election last year, the company said. The Washington Post reported that Facebook traced the fake accounts to a Russian “troll farm” that has a history of promoting Russian propaganda. The ads began running in the summer of 2015, Facebook said, and a small number of them mentioned candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Other ads promoted posts focused on polarizing issues, such as racial tensions or LGBT rights. The tactic, which Russians have also employed on Twitter, is designed to create internal divisions within the United States and erode trust in the democracy. “The vast majority of ads run by these accounts didn’t specifically reference the US presidential election, voting or a particular candidate,” Facebook’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos, said in a blog post.
In total, Facebook found about 3,000 suspicious ads, which generated $100,000 in revenue, that ran between June 2015 and May 2017. The ads were connected to about 470 fake user accounts and pages, which “were affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russia,” Stamos said.”
$100,000 worth of Facebook ads isn’t enough to swing a statewide election.
And spread out over the course of two years, these ads are a raindrop in the ocean of spending during the 2016 campaign.
It was estimated that $2.6 billion was spent on the Trump-Clinton general election.
These ads began in the primaries during 2015 and continued into 2017, so not all the money was spent on the general election contest.
If this is all Mueller has for Russian “interference,” then he isn’t holding any cards at all.
Trump alluded to this in his latest tweet.
The Russia hoax continues, now it's ads on Facebook. What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2017
There is still zero evidence Russia committed the cyber attacks and email hacks during the 2016 campaign.
If all they have is a small purchase of Facebook ads spread over the course of two years, then the Trump-Russia collusion narrative is even more flimsy than people thought.
What is still lacking is any evidence that Russia changed votes or colluded with Trump.
Proof of either claim does not exist.
This Russia story is exactly what Trump said it is – a hoax.