“Congressional Trolls”: Democratic Leaders Pushed Refuted Russian Troll Claims

The latest release of Twitter Files from Matt Taibbi shows that Democratic leaders like Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) were aware that they were pushing a likely false story of “Russian bots” to discredit a report on FBI abuses. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are also mentioned by Twitter as part of what staff called “congressional trolls” who did not seem to care if the allegations were true and only wanted Twitter to say they were true. Schiff and Blumenthal have been two of most outspoken advocates for censorship on the social media, often using “conspiracy theories” by Republicans to justify limits on free speech.

Some of the communications deal with a classified memo prepared by former Rep. Devin Nunes to the House Intelligence Committee on FBI abuses in the use of the FISA courts. That memo turned out to be well based, including the long-denied surveillance of Trump, his campaign, and campaign associates. It also highlighted how the Steele Dossier was discredited by U.S. intelligence officials despite being pushed by figures like Schiff.

We discussed earlier the files showing that Schiff was secretly pushing for censoring critics, including a columnist, while publicly denying that he supported any form of censorship.

Now the disclosures show that Schiff and others pushed Twitter to support their unsupported claims that “Russian bots” were pushing the Nunes report and other criticism. Twitter staff detail efforts to try to satisfy the Democratic members despite the lack of evidence supporting their claims. They referred to it as “feeding congressional trolls.”

Taibbi wrote that “Twitter warned politicians and media the[y] not only lacked evidence, but had evidence the accounts weren’t Russian – and were roundly ignored.”

At the time, Yoel Roth, the former head of Trust & Safety, wrote “I just reviewed the accounts that posted the first 50 tweets with #releasethememo and… none of them show any signs of affiliation to Russia. We investigated, found that engagement as overwhelmingly organic, and driven by [Very Important Tweeters] VITs.”

Blumenthal did not appear to care if the claim was true or not. After being told that there was no evidence that the story was being propelled by Russian bots and trolls, Blumenthal responded with a letter declaring that “we find it reprehensible that Russian agents have so eagerly manipulated innocent Americans.”

So, after being told that this was an unsupported conspiracy theory, Blumenthal continued to push the claim. One official wrote “Blumenthal isn’t looking for real and nuanced solutions” but “just wants to get credit for pushing us further.”

Twitter officials compared Blumenthal and Schiff to the mouse in the children’s story  “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” In other words, by trying to appease them, they demanded more confirmation of false claims.

Blumenthal has long demanded censorship to combat Republican “conspiracy theories.”

As previously discussed, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appeared at a key hearing in which he followed up his apology for censoring the Hunter Biden story by pledging more censorship.

Notably, Dorsey starts with the same argument made by free speech advocates:

“Well, misleading information, as you are aware, is a large problem. It’s hard to define it completely and cohesively.” However, instead of then raising concerns over censoring views and comments on the basis for such an amorphous category, Democratic senators pressed for an expansion of the categories of censored material to prevent people from sharing any views that he considers “climate denialism”

Senator Blumenthal said that he was “concerned that both of your companies are, in fact, backsliding or retrenching, that you are failing to take action against dangerous disinformation.” Accordingly, he demanded an answer to this question:

“Will you commit to the same kind of robust content modification playbook in this coming election, including fact checking, labeling, reducing the spread of misinformation, and other steps, even for politicians in the runoff elections ahead?”

While the media ran with the false claims of Schiff and Blumenthal during the Russian collusion investigation, there is little attention to these files and the fact that they were told that these these claims lacked support by Twitter.



61 thoughts on ““Congressional Trolls”: Democratic Leaders Pushed Refuted Russian Troll Claims”

  1. When politicians (can’t spell politicians w/o “CIA” in the middle) and tag-teamed with the media LIE, DECEIVE and MANIPULATE to CONSPIRE to Agitate / Control the psyche / emotions of the people… they cease being Trolls…. and have become TRAITORS!!! This is Institutional and systemic and has been well-known and understood by the DEEP DARK STATE since cave-man days… Social Control is Managed by FEAR! “Public Relations must CREATE NEWS… in order to appeal to the instincts and fundamental emotions of the public.” – “PROPAGANDA: Crystalizing Public Opinion” (1923) pg. 171 Peace. Mark J. Novitsky Ephesians 6:12

  2. The DeomoRATs are professional liars, especially Schiff. Shameless ,hateful, useless wannabe elitists.

  3. What is just incredible is that Schiff still has a wonderful reputation with the likes of CNN and MSNBC et al. He should be hanging his head in shame every hour of every day, but it’s just business as usual from this individual and his MSM posse. And he can go out and lie (he did) and do so with impunity. These are signs that our government is in the death throes of total and complete corruption. How does a country survive this type of activity? Help me out on this.

  4. ..looking at the ‘official’ photos of Schiff and Blumenthal posing with the American flag….it’s the anti-Christ staring us in the face… a lot like the ‘officlal’ Hitler photos…….. BUT…… we have a choice in this country.. which begs the question how normal people in CA and CT can vote for such Dishonest,, Disingenuous and simply Disgusting people to represent them…………….??

  5. I knew #SOS schiff was a liar, when he testified, on live TV, about President Trump’s conversation with Ukraine president Zelenski. He can’t stand the simple truth, he had to put it in his own twisted way. Why does cali seem to elect, the worst reps, I have ever heard of?

  6. We need a Campaign and Surrogate Frauds Act that makes it illegal to intentionally defraud the electorate with any communication that pushes out defamatory or deceitful information material to a future or past election.

  7. Impeach comrade traitor Schiff for malicious prosecution, abuse of power, usurpation of power, subversion, engaging “in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort” et al.

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