Michael Flynn

GOP Operative Tried to Get Hacked Hillary Emails by Implying He was Working with Michael Flynn

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that during the 2016 campaign a Republican opposition researcher named Peter W. Smith believed the emails Hillary Clinton erased from her basement server (she claimed they were personal) were hacked, probably by the Russians.

Smith tried to track the emails down and retrieve them for opposition research.  According to the report, Smith was scouring the world of hackers, including Russians, to get the Clinton emails. The bombshell part of the report was that he implied he was working with General Mike Flynn on the project (the key word is implied).

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Flynn was an adviser to the Trump Campaign and then National Security Adviser in the new administration until it was discovered that the lied to the Vice President about a phone call with the Russians.

Smith said,  “I’m talking to Michael Flynn about this—if you find anything, can you let me know?’” said Eric York, a computer-security expert from Atlanta who searched hacker forums on Mr. Smith’s behalf for people who might have access to the emails.

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Emails written by Mr. Smith and one of his associates show that his small group considered Mr. Flynn and his consulting company, Flynn Intel Group, to be allies in their quest.

What role, if any, Mr. Flynn may have played in Mr. Smith’s project is unclear. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Smith said he knew Mr. Flynn, but he never stated that Mr. Flynn was involved.

Obviously as he is under investigation Gen. Flynn didn’t respond to WSJ requests for comment.

A Trump campaign official said that Mr. Smith didn’t work for the campaign, and that if Mr. Flynn coordinated with him in any way, it would have been in his capacity as a private individual. The White House declined to comment.

When he was interviewed by the paper Smith concurred with the campaign, explaining that he worked independently and wasn’t part of the Trump campaign. Smith died in the middle of May, six-week before the Journal posted the article, and ten days after he was interviewed by the paper…


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