On the news that the FBI is investigating the link between Russia's cyber operations and the role that far-right news sites, like Breitbart, may have played in aiding the spread of false information about Hillary Clinton, the former White House Chief Ethics Lawyer during the George W. Bush administration straight up called it what it is—treason:
And given Breitbart’s role in all of this, what a coincidence that key Breitbart players are now playing key roles in the White House:
Breitbart, which has drawn criticism for pursuing a white nationalist agenda, was formerly led by Stephen Bannon, who became chief executive officer of Trump’s election campaign last August and now serves as Trump’s strategic adviser in the White House. The news site’s former national security editor, Sebastian Gorka, was a national security adviser to Trump’s campaign and presidential transition team. He now works as a key Trump counterterrorism adviser.
The site’s owners were anonymous until employees recently applied for (and received!) White House Press credentials and the ownership of Breitbart was revealed:
Breitbart is partially owned by Robert Mercer, the wealthy co-chief executive of a New York hedge fund and a co-owner of Cambridge Analytica, a small, London-based firm credited with giving Trump a significant advantage in gauging voter priorities last year by providing his campaign with at least 5,000 data points on each of 220 million Americans.
The Mercer family is heavily involved in Republican politics and they aren’t shy about buying the party. In fact, Rebekah Mercer was one of Trump’s earliest and wealthiest backers. She brought Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway to Trump’s team:
Galvanized in part by the Republicans’ 2012 White House loss, the middle daughter of billionaire hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer has rattled the status quo by directing her family’s resources into an array of investments on the right. In the past six years, the Mercers have poured tens of millions into Republican super PACs, Washington think tanks, state policy shops, a film-production company, a data analytics operation and one of the country’s most provocative online conservative news outlets.
This year, Rebekah Mercer has emerged as a heavyweight presidential player, leading a super PAC financed by her father that was the biggest outside benefactor of Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) during the Republican primaries.
After Donald Trump clinched the nomination, the Mercers rallied to his side. Their imprint is now evident on the real estate developer’s campaign, which is led by three close associates who ran Mercer-funded enterprises: former Breitbart News executive chairman Stephen Bannon, pollster Kellyanne Conway and Citizens United President David Bossie.
Meanwhile, Rebekah Mercer has taken up the day-to-day management of her family’s super PAC, which is producing a string of searing ads attacking Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
A lot of wealthy dots are being connected as this investigation rolls on and oh the wicked, treasonous web they weaved.
Several readers have pointed to an NPR segment on the Mercer family that aired yesterday. You can listen to it here: