CBS News reports:
Documents apparently generated by Cambridge Analytica suggest that the political consulting firm had a contractual relationship with Kenneth Braithwaite in the year before he was nominated to be U.S. Ambassador to Norway in 2017.
Braithwaite, who President Trump has said will be his nominee for Secretary of the Navy, made no mention of an agreement in his required government disclosure form, and says he never entered one.
Two of the records reviewed by CBS News indicate Braithwaite agreed to a one-year contract with the company beginning on November 1, 2016, one week before Donald Trump was elected president. His apparent role, referred to as both “associate officer” and “referral partner” in the records, has not previously been reported.
I see a lot of Tweets calling Kenneth Braithwaite the “nominee” for Secretary of the Navy. Important to note he’s not, Trump tweeted Nov. 24 he would nominate him, but hasn’t done it yet. https://t.co/Q264Kz40nu
— paul mcleary (@paulmcleary) January 20, 2020
Pres. Trump’s pick for Navy secretary, current U.S. Ambassador to Norway Kenneth Braithwaite, may have had an undisclosed contract with Cambridge Analytica, documents apparently generated by the firm suggest https://t.co/1M0BFcFitA pic.twitter.com/LUiWoEGFBk
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) January 20, 2020