Yesterday P*WN of all Things Was Interviewed by House Intel About Peter Smith
P*WN of all Things AKA Matt Tait. The late Peter Smith had emailed Tait about hacking Hillary’s private server. He was trying to see if any Russian hackers would help him-he was fine if they were from Russian intel-and there was talk of Wikileaks helping him out in that regard.
Matt Tait wrote about it when the story broke back in the Summer.
Now it’s being reported that the House Intelligence Committee interviewed Smith yesterday.
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) October 16, 2017
“House and Senate investigators are turning their attention to a Republican operative’s hunt for Hillary Clinton’s private emails from Russian hackers — and his possible connections to senior members of the Trump campaign.”
“The operative, Peter W. Smith, was an Illinois-based Republican activist who during the presidential campaign sought to obtain emails he believed were likely stolen by Russian hackers from Clinton’s private email server. He later was found dead in an apparent suicide weeks after telling a reporter about his efforts.”
“In a private interview earlier this month, a cybersecurity analyst Smith recruited for the effort reiterated to House investigators a comment that he had publicly made: He believed that Smith had ties to members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former chief strategist Steve Bannon and White House aide Kellyanne Conway — and may have been helping build opposition research for the Trump campaign, according to a source familiar with the matter.”
“Smith claimed connections to Flynn and senior Trump campaign aides in his effort to recruit cybersecurity experts to help him obtain and verify Clinton’s emails, and now the House and Senate intelligence committees are probing whether those connections in fact existed.”
It’s often claimed that Bannon has no Russian exposure. Maybe, maybe not. But his appearance in Smith’s emails is notable and at least worth the followup. In this same vein Congress needs to acquire all of the Trump WH private emails including Bannon’s.
Congress may have to subpoena Trump WH for information on private email use https://t.co/SFWfcLX2k5
— mike sax (@mikesaxny2) October 17, 2017
Smith was not the only one who tried to acquire HRC”s 33,000 emails for the Trump campaign. Trump himself had called for it: ‘Russia, if you’re listening…’
Back to CNN:
“Smith spoke to The Wall Street Journal about his effort in May, saying he and the colleagues he enlisted found five groups of hackers claiming to have 33,000 deleted emails from the private server Clinton used during her tenure as secretary of state.”
Two of the groups he determined were Russian, he said. “We knew the people who had these were probably around the Russian government,” Smith told the Journal.
“Smith said he was unable to verify the emails, and told all of the groups to give them to WikiLeaks.”
For those who think the idea that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government his farfetched, Smith is saying right there that he was willing to collude with them.
But then Trump, his son Donald Jr, and any number of Trump apologists and GOP operatives have said the same thing.
You take the meeting.
Congress also wants to speak to Chuck Johnson.
“In addition to York, the Senate intelligence committee has asked for an interview and documents from conservative blogger Chuck Johnson, according to a July letter from the intelligence panel Johnson posted on his website. Johnson told Politico in July that he aided in Smith’s effort to find Clinton’s emails.”
“Johnson told CNN he has not provided any documents or spoken to the committee. He would not participate in a closed-door interview, he said, because he believes it’s unconstitutional to force testimony in a closed setting. A Senate intelligence spokeswoman declined to comment.”
I’d be all for a public hearing with Chuck Johnson. First question: why did he pay Dana Rohrbacher $5,400 dollars to meet with Julian Assange?
What did Rohrbacher speak to Assange about which was worth $5,400 to US Nazi Chuck Johnson https://t.co/cooV20erdF
— mike sax (@mikesaxny2) October 17, 2017
I’m still not clear on why there are so few public hearings. Is it to protect the investigation-not allow witnesses to know what other witnesses have said and adjust their testimony? Or is it to protect Donald Trump from the constant embarrassment?
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