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Facebook Turns Over Details of Russian Campaign Ads to Mueller

16 September 2017

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, Republican from North Carolina, said this week he wanted a "full accounting" of what happened given Facebook's own admission that Russians appeared to buy US$100,000 (RM419,200) in political ads in the U.S. past year, and has said a public hearing is more likely than not.

In the blog post, Stamos said: "In reviewing the ad buys, we have found approximately $100,000 in ad spending from June of 2015 to May of 2017 - associated with roughly 3,000 ads-that was connected to about 470 inauthentic accounts and Pages in violation of our policies".

CNN confirmed on Saturday that Mueller had indeed obtained the information with the help of a warrant.

Committees in both the House and Senate committees, like Mueller, are investigating Russia's role in the election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Over 5,000 ads were run from these groups, according to Facebook.

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According to legal experts quoted in the report, the revelation has enormous implications for the trajectory of Mueller's investigation into Russia's election interference.

She explained further, "The key here, though, is that Mueller clearly already has enough information on these accounts - and their link to a potential crime to justify forcing [Facebook] to give up the info".

"That means that he has uncovered a great deal of evidence through other avenues of Russian election interference", she said.

Mariotti wrote, "It also means that he has evidence of that crime that convinced a federal magistrate judge of two things: first, that there was good reason to believe that the foreign individual committed the crime".

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Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti also focused on the warrant in a series of tweets, arguing that its presence meant that Mueller was "close to charging specific foreign people with a crime", and that if Trump associates were part of the planning behind it, they could face serious charges as well.

He said, "It is a crime to know that a crime is taking place and to help it succeed".

The ads, which were linked to a "Russian troll farm", targeted American Facebook users, and thus more information about them could drastically affect Mueller's decision on whether Moscow collaborated with President Donald Trump's campaign team. That detailed information included copies of the actual ads, along with details about the purchases, the Journal reported.

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Facebook Turns Over Details of Russian Campaign Ads to Mueller