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Caroline O. @RVAwonk
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NEW: Deceased GOP operative Peter Smith, who previously told WSJ he tried to obtain Hillary Clinton's emails via hackers, made several cash withdrawals during those efforts that were deemed "suspicious" by his bank. Those may have been payments to hackers.
buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonl…
"According to a person with direct knowledge of [Peter] Smith’s project, the Republican operative stated that he was prepared to pay hackers 'many thousands of dollars' for Clinton’s emails — and ultimately did so."

Peter Smith has said he was in touch w/ both Russians on the dark web & Trump campaign officials, particularly Michael Flynn.

Now, per @BuzzFeedNews: FBI & congressional investigators have zeroed in on transactions he made right as his effort to get Clinton's emails heated up.
(Reported July 2017): Peter Smith had listed Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway & Sam Clovis, in addition to Flynn, in a "recruitment document" for his efforts to obtain Hillary Clinton's emails from hackers.

wsj.com/articles/gop-a…
Peter Smith's "recruitment document" re. Clinton's emails was dated Sept 7, 2016.

The next day, Jeff Sessions met w/ Russian Amb. Sergey Kislyak in DC. Also on that day, Trump told Russian TV he thought Dems were making up the story about Russian hacking.
Per Buzzfeed: Investigators are now trying to determine if/who helped Peter Smith in his efforts to obtain HRC's emails, including a focus on Flynn. They're also looking at whether any of the suspicious bank transactions involved payments to anyone connected to the Russian govt.
Peter Smith's relationship to Flynn, and his mention of the "dark web" is definitely of interest.

Related: Flynn has some tweets from 2015 that have always seemed cryptic to me. Could be benign, but I'm quite curious. Here are a couple of them...

(L: Feb 2015; R: Jan 2015)
In addition to Flynn, Bannon, Conway, & Clovis, Peter Smith also reached out to Charles "Chuck" Johnson in his quest to get HRC's emails.

Of note, Johnson set up a meeting (04/17) between Julian Assange & Dana Rohrabacher. Here they are at the embassy:
politico.com/magazine/story…
From last August: Charles "Chuck" Johnson, one of the people Peter Smith reached out to in his efforts to obtain HRC's emails, refused to cooperate with the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation.

June 2017: Matt Tait revealed that Peter Smith had reached out to him. Smith believed that HRC's server had been hacked by the Russian govt & others, & he wanted Tait's help "to ensure that the fruits of those hacks were exposed prior to the election."
lawfareblog.com/time-i-got-rec…
Peter Smith contacted Tait "around the same time Trump called for the Russians to get [HRC's] missing emails."

Tait wrote that "it was immediately apparent that Smith was well connected within the top echelons of the [Trump] campaign," especially Flynn & Flynn Jr.
According to Tait, Peter Smith was convinced that HRC had been hacked, & was determined to get his hands on the emails. Smith reportedly didn't care if this meant working w/ Russia: "From his perspective it didn’t matter who had taken the emails, or their motives for doing so."
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