By Sarah Pulliam BaileyWashington, DC–President Donald Trump is not alone in his disregard for federal law, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday.
In a new report on the 2016 presidential election, DOJ officials revealed that Trump campaign officials were running a parallel criminal operation that employed a wide range of tactics to undermine the integrity of the 2016 election, including using the Trump campaign email servers to send and receive hacked emails.
The new report by the DOJ’s National Security Division, which is charged with prosecuting federal crimes, also revealed that a group of Trump campaign and transition officials engaged in a coordinated effort to influence the election to help the Republican Party’s candidate, who lost the presidency to Hillary Clinton.
The report also revealed evidence that at least three of the top leaders of the Trump-campaign were part of the campaign, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Flynn resigned on Feb. 13 amid revelations that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his phone calls with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.
In addition to Flynn, the report also said former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were also in on the effort.
“As the campaign entered the final weeks of the presidential election and the Trump transition began to make progress, the Trump administration’s strategy was to try to influence American elections by using cyber operations and a strategy of disinformation, which aimed to undermine public confidence in the outcome of the elections,” according to a joint press release issued by the Justice Department and the U of S. Department.
The campaign also employed a number of tactics designed to undermine or damage the integrity or political prospects of the two candidates they were seeking to support, according the report.
The first such strategy was the release of false and misleading emails to influence voting patterns in battleground states.
The second was the targeting of specific individuals with whom the Trump team had contact in an effort to damage their credibility.
The third tactic was to seek to undermine electoral integrity and the credibility of the candidates themselves.
The effort was successful in some states, with many voters turning out to vote in a landslide and in some instances even winning the popular vote, according on the report by U. of S., DOJ, and the Congressional Research Service.
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies also uncovered evidence of coordinated efforts to undermine and damage the confidence of voters in the election process, the DOJ said.
In particular, the FBI found evidence of a series of efforts to defraud people and businesses by using phishing and other fraudulent tactics to lure them into fraudulent offers of goods and services, the agency said.FBI agents also found evidence that individuals and businesses who received such offers were contacted by individuals using the names and email addresses of other Trump campaign employees.
According to the DOJ, these efforts were conducted in a manner designed to deceive the recipients of the phishing offers into providing personal information or agreeing to do business with the phishers.
The DOJ also found that individuals who received the offers were told they would be paid if they agreed to take part in the fraudulent activities.
The investigation also uncovered a concerted effort to intimidate voters in states where Trump lost the election.
In Wisconsin, for example, agents interviewed three people who were working for Trump campaign staff and a Trump-affiliated contractor.
According to the agents, the campaign contacted people in Wisconsin who were critical of Trump.
The agents also interviewed two people who worked for the Republican National Committee who said they had received a “pay for play” payment from the Trump Campaign, in which the campaign paid them for speaking on behalf of the candidate, and that they had then shared the money with the people they spoke to.
The last of the agents interviewed, identified only as “Mr. M,” said the money was “given to people that had a negative opinion of the Republican nominee and were supporting the Trump candidate,” according the DOJ report.
M said he received $4,000 in the form of a check, but did not reveal who he had paid it to.
According the report, the agents also obtained an email from a Trump campaign official that was sent to a group that included several prominent Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
The email was titled, “Don’t go to the polls tomorrow, we are sending you a call and we have a very special guest.”
The email was sent on March 2, two days before the vote was called, and was sent from a “close contact” of the person on the list, according it.
According another email, the source of the payment was the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which was “close” to the DNC.
The source of payment was a “private individual,” the source said.
The email also indicated that the person receiving the payment “was not the DNC official directly targeted by the phisher but was the target of a phishing attempt.”
The phisher “did not provide the DNC with any evidence that he had received the payment,” the