Donald Trump just cannot shake Mueller’s investigation into his alleged campaign collusion with Russian government operatives to win the 2016 presidential election, and with good reason. As more details emerge and Mueller’s investigation heats up, evidence of collusion is becoming irrefutable.
On Tuesday, independent counsel Robert Mueller interviewed Matt Tait, a “former information-security specialist at Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters” who reports that he was recruited by Peter Smith, a longtime GOP operative who Tait says was looking for disparaging information on Hillary Clinton. Smith is believed to have committed suicide just 10 days after revealing damning information the Trump campaign officials and tactics to reporters with the The Wall Street Journal but official word on a cause of death is still not fully confirmed.
Tait alleges that Peter Smith recruited him to confirm emails he said were retrieved from the “dark web” did, in fact, come from Hillary Clinton’s private email server. He was contacted by Smith around the same time that WikiLeaks published emails hacked from the DNC. Smith claimed to be working with the now-ousted Gen. Michael Flynn and others in the Trump campaign on oppositional research on Clinton during the 2016 elections.
Tait wrote an article on lawfareblog.com on the day following the Journal‘s story with some explosive confessions.
‘I read the Wall Street Journal’s article yesterday on attempts by a GOP operative to recover missing Hillary Clinton emails with more than usual interest. I was involved in the events that reporter Shane Harris described, and I was an unnamed source for the initial story. What’s more, I was named in, and provided the documents to Harris that formed the basis of, this evening’s follow-up story.
The follow-up story pointed damning fingers at several key members of the Trump campaign.
‘Officials identified in the document include Steve Bannon, now chief strategist for President Donald Trump; Kellyanne Conway, former campaign manager and now White House counselor; Sam Clovis, a policy adviser to the Trump campaign and now a senior adviser at the Agriculture Department; and retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, who was a campaign adviser and briefly was national security adviser in the Trump administration.’
Peter Smith’s ties to the GOP go back several decades. Smith was personally involved in the “dirty tricks” campaign known as “Troopergate” against Bill Clinton during his time as president, is a close friend and confidante to Trump supporter and backer, Newt Gingrich, and was revealed to have ties to Breitbart News before his death.
Smith provided documents confirming his involvement with the Trump campaign, which Tait described in his blog post and says he has now provided to Robert Mueller.
‘The combination of Smith’s deep knowledge of the inner workings of the campaign, this document naming him in the ‘Trump campaign’ group, and the multiple references to needing to avoid campaign reporting suggested to me that the group was formed with the blessing of the Trump campaign.’
As the country waits with baited breath for a conclusion to the Trump/Russia collusion scandal, Tait’s story seems to provide some answers into how close Mueller is coming to proving that collusion occurred.
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