As the U.S. House investigation into Russian involvement in American politics grows, Topeka native Brad Parscale, digital director of President Donald Trump’s campaign, may be called to testify, CNN reported Friday.
Unnamed sources told the network that Parscale may be invited to testify before the House investigation sometime this summer. The Senate intelligence committee is also interested in how Russian bots targeted political messages in critical swing states, CNN reported, but it isn’t clear whether Parscale also may be called before the Senate panel.
This stage of the investigation stems from inquiries into senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. Along with Kushner’s contacts with Russians, the FBI is looking at the campaign’s 2016 data analytics programs conducted largely by Parscale, CNN reported.
Parscale told CNN on Friday that he hadn’t been contacted by House investigators.
“#FakeNews Friday. Going to dinner,” Parscale tweeted Friday afternoon.
#FakeNews Friday. Going to dinner.
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) June 16, 2017
The former Shawnee Heights High School basketball player played a key role in Trump’s campaign, directing online marketing. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported last year that Parscale was one of a few mainstays in a campaign that saw nearly constant staff turnover.
His San Antonio, Texas-based Giles-Parscale Inc. was paid $8.4 million by the Trump campaign last July.
The vast majority of that money was spent on digital ads targeting voters. Among other duties, Parscale would direct polling to determine Trump’s level of support among a particular demographic, create data from those polls, then use digital ads and social media to deliver Trump’s message through the online channels most…