Dems get documents from late GOP operative who tried to obtain deleted Clinton emails: report

Dems get documents from late GOP operative who tried to obtain deleted Clinton emails: report
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Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have obtained documents from the estate of a late GOP operative who sought Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonElection fears recede for House Republicans To woo black voters in Georgia, Dems need to change their course of action Trump lawyer touts petition to stop 'soft coup' against Trump MORE’s personal emails after they were deleted from her private email server, ABC News reported Wednesday.

Peter Smith, a Republican activist, had sought the deleted emails and reportedly used the names of top Trump campaign aides in a recruiting document as part of his attempt. Smith died last year.

William Ensing, the attorney for Smith’s estate, told ABC News that the estate had handed over the documents to the panel at the request of Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff on Trump's 'spygate' claims: He is asserting an imagined world is real Trump: ‘Spy’ was placed in campaign ‘way earlier than the Russian Hoax' The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — The art of walking away from the deal MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

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Smith had told The Wall Street Journal shortly before his death that he was not working on behalf of the Trump campaign.

However, he had listed Trump officials including Stephen Bannon, Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayKellyanne Conway's husband emails anti-Trump writers on how to improve their arguments: report ICE director supports Trump's 'animals' remark: 'MS-13 kills for sport' Conway pushes CNN's Stelter to say who he voted for in tense exchange MORE and former national security adviser Michael Flynn in the document soliciting help in retrieving the deleted emails.

Smith believed that Russian hackers may have obtained Clinton’s deleted emails, and that the messages could include damaging information.

The delivery of the documents is a sign that Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are continuing to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, even after Republicans on the panel formally ended the probe into Russia's election interference.

The GOP-written report concluding the investigation by the committee found that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, a finding that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump appears to confirm deal on Chinese firm ZTE Judge rejects Manafort's attempt to throw out some charges Dem: Trump’s policy of separating children, parents at border ‘would shock Jesus’ MORE has touted in his attacks on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's own probe into Russia's election interference.

However, Democratic lawmakers on the panel have rejected that conclusion, saying the investigation hasn't been completed.