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 ClintonHillicon Valley: Trump's exclusive interview with Hill.TV | Trump, intel officials clash over Russia docs | EU investigating Amazon | Military gets new cyber authority | Flynn sentencing sparks new questions about Mueller probe READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV Keeping up with Michael Avenatti 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 SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Trump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe 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 ConwayCNN's Cuomo signs on with SiriusXM to host weekday radio show How private sector can fight opioid epidemic The Memo: Kavanaugh firestorm consumes political world 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 TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency 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.