Bob Mueller's Facebook warrant signals stunning new turn in Russian Federation probe

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The records given to Mueller provide much more details than what the social media platform said last week to Congress.

It been reported that a Russian company paid Facebook $100,000 to place political ads.

"Our analysis suggests these accounts and Pages were affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russia", Facebook said last week.

Facebook gave Mueller and his team copies of ads and related information it discovered on its site linked to a Russian troll farm, as well as detailed information about the accounts that bought the ads and the way the ads were targeted at American Facebook users, a source with knowledge of the matter told CNN.

The social networking site, based in Menlo Park, Calif., has not shared such detailed information with Congress, "in part because of concerns about disrupting the Mueller probe, and possibly running afoul of US privacy laws", the Journal reported.

She noted that Mueller dis not sought a search warrant to target Facebook as a company instead he would be interested in exploring the specific accounts. Mark Warner, D-Va., who's on the Senate Intelligence Committee, suggested the committee may call Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies in for more information.

"Mueller clearly *already* has enough information on these accounts - and their link to a potential crime", tweeted Asha Rangappa, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence agent. These specific Facebook accounts were purchased at the time of 2016 election, these accounts targeted ads.

A former Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence agent, Asha Rangappa said, "This is big news - and potentially bad news for the Russian election interference 'deniers'".

The warrant obtained by Mueller means his team now has more information to look into how Russian Federation used social media to meddle in last year's presidential election.

Google, which said last week it had seen no evidence of a Russian ad campaign on its platforms during last year's US election, earlier this year offered to defend election organizers and civic groups against cyber attacks free of charge.

The information is relevant to Mueller as investigators try to understand whether there were any links between Russia's activity and President Donald Trump's election campaign.

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