Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating whether or not Trump conspired with Russian Federation during the election, and his team of investigators have obtained these proposals and have questioned Psy-Group employees, according to The New York Times.
One of President Donald Trump's campaign aides, Rick Gates, asked an Israeli firm to make fake identities online and use social media to manipulate and gather intelligence in order to beat other Republican candidates and Hillary Clinton, the New York Times reported on Sunday.
Throughout "Project Rome" the company would disguise its activities through the use of codenames: "The Lion" for Trump, "The Bear" for Cruz and "The Forest" for Hillary Clinton.
The proposals varied from using fake people to sway 5,000 delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention, to building intelligence dossiers on Clinton and using social media to exacerbate divisions amongst the American public. Cruz, at the time, was the only person standing between Donald Trump and the Republican nomination.
A top Trump official reached out to an Israeli company in 2016 to gain information on online manipulation, according to documents obtained by the New York Times.
The Times says there's no indication that the Trump campaign acted on the plans from Psy-Group, but the firm's owner, Joel Zamel, did land a Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr.in August of 2016.
Gates, along with Paul Manafort, were indicted for tax evasion and financial fraud last fall.
The August 3 Trump Tower meeting is a focus of the ongoing investigation by Robert Mueller, the special counsel, who was tasked previous year with examining possible cooperation and coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the lead-up to the election.
Zamel's lawyer tells the Times that the Trump Tower meeting was cursory.
Zamel and George Nader, an emissary from the United Arab Emirates who was at the meeting with Trump Jr., gave different accounts as to whether Zamel ever implemented his proposal.
The Psy-Group proposals would have cost over $3.4 million, according to the documents obtained by The Times.
A lawyer for Zamel denied to the Times that he had discussed the proposal with anyone from the Trump campaign.