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GOP Operative Secretly Raised at Least $100,000 in Search for Clinton Emails

Opposition researcher’s efforts are of intense interest to investigators probing Russian election interference

WASHINGTON—A veteran Republican operative and opposition researcher solicited and raised at least $100,000 from donors as part of an effort to obtain what he believed to be emails stolen from Hillary Clinton, activities that remain of intense interest to federal investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller’s office and on Capitol Hill.

Peter W. Smith, an Illinois businessman with a long history of involvement in GOP politics, sought and collected the funds from at least four wealthy donors as part of the plan to obtain Mrs. Clinton’s stolen emails from hackers just weeks before election day in 2016, according to people familiar with the matter and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.


Mr. Smith’s effort to find what he believed were some 33,000 deleted emails Mrs. Clinton said were personal was first reported by the Journal in a 2017 story, but the extent of his planning went far beyond what was previously known. Mr. Smith died 10 days after describing his efforts to a reporter for the Journal.


The email, dated Oct. 11, 2016, in the “Robert Tyler” account, included the subject line “Wire Instructions—Clinton Email Reconnaissance Initiative” and was addressed to Mr. Smith. The writer, who identified himself as “ROB, ” said: “This $100k total with the $50k received from you will allow us to fund the Washington Scholarship Fund for the Russian students for the promised $150K.” The Journal couldn’t determine if such a fund actually exists.


Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/gop-operative-secretly-raised-at-least-100-000-in-search-for-clinton-emails-1538913614



I wish I had kept a list of characters because there are so many to keep up with.  This is they guy who left a suicide note that said,  “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER”.  He also mentioned Michael Flynn as well as Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and Sam Clovis in recruiting documents.  In addition, he met with alt right troll Charles Johnson, has ties to Newt Gingrich, and worked to take down Bill Clinton with Troopergate.  

What a tangled web!

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