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House Intel Seeks Docs From Data Firm Tied to Trump Campaign

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Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump, and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner (Andrew Harnik/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017 09:45 PM

One of the Congressional panels investigating claims the Trump campaign colluded with Russia is now focusing on a data mining and analysis firm with ties to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

The Daily Beast reported Cambridge Analytica, which did work for President Donald Trump's campaign, is complying with a request from the House Intelligence Committee to hand over documents.

One source told the website the probe into Cambridge Analytica is "fruitful."

Bannon, who resigned as one of Trump's top advisers in August, worked as the company's vice president and secretary from June 2014 through August 2016, Bloomberg reported. He sold his stake in the company, valued between $1 million and $5 million, earlier this year.

Bannon worked as the Trump campaign's chief executive starting last August.

Cambridge Analytica claims to look at the whole picture, including Facebook likes, when profiling voters for targeting political ads. Democrats have wondered if Cambridge Analytica was working in some form with the Russians during the campaign to sway voters' opinions, Vanity Fair reported last month.

Cambridge Analytica confirmed to The Daily Beast it is sending documents to the House panel as part of the Russia probe.

"As one of the companies that played a prominent role in the election campaign, Cambridge Analytica has been asked by the House Intelligence Committee to provide it with information that might help its investigation," a statement from the company reads. "We believe that other organizations that worked on the campaign have been asked to do the same. As you know, CA is not under investigation, and there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by the company."

There is also a Department of Justice investigation into Russia's meddling in the U.S. presidential election, which has reportedly uncovered potential IRS violations by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

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