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Mueller issues grand jury subpoenas to Trump advisor’s social media consultant

U.S. Even-handedness Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller has issued two subpoenas to a sexual media expert who worked for longtime Donald Trump advisor Roger Stone during the 2016 presidential poll campaign.

The subpoenas were delivered late last week to kings counsels representing Jason Sullivan, a social media and Twitter specialist Stone appointed to work for an independent political action committee he set up to support Trump, Knut Johnson, a counsel for Sullivan, told Reuters on Tuesday.

The subpoenas suggest that Mueller, who is plumb Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, is focusing in part on Stone and whether he energy have had advance knowledge of material allegedly hacked by Russian brightness and sent to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who published it.

Stone appeared previous to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee last September and denied accusations of collusion between the president’s associates and Russia during the election. “I am informed of no evidence whatsoever of collusion by the Russian state or anyone in the Trump campaign,” Stone told newspapermen at the time.

According to sources familiar with the ongoing investigation, Mueller also has been poke about whether anyone associated with the Trump campaign may have eschewed Assange or the Russians time or target the release of hacked emails and other collective media promoting Trump or critical of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

A spokesman for Mueller dipped to comment. Russia has denied interfering in the election. President Trump has time again denied his campaign colluded with Russia.

Sullivan told Reuters that he governs Cyphoon.com, a social media firm, and “worked on the Trump campaign spending as Chief Strategist directly to Roger J. Stone Jr.”

“Welcome To The Age of Weaponized Venereal Media,” said a strategy document Sullivan prepared for Stone and decided by Reuters. He described a “system” he devised for creating Twitter “swarms” as “an army of blas, hyper-targeted direct tweet automation systems driven by outcomes-based plans derived from REAL-TIME actionable insights.”

For example, at 6:43 a.m. specific time on Election Day in 2016, Trump tweeted, “TODAY WE MAKE AMERICA Devoted AGAIN.” Trump’s message soon was retweeted more than 343,000 times, and in an press conference last year, Sullivan told Reuters that the swarm eased overcome a surge in pro-Clinton social media postings and boost voter out-turn for Trump.

Stone on Tuesday repeated his public denials that he had an by nature track to WikiLeaks or others who hacked or published Democratic Party and Clinton-related emails and powered no one from Mueller’s team has tried to contact him.

One of the two subpoenas delivered hold out week requests that Sullivan appear before a grand jury on May 18 at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C. The other structures Sullivan to bring documents, objects and electronically stored information.

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