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

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have obtained documents from the estate of a late GOP operative who sought Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonLobbying World GOP West Virginia Senate primary: live results A winning strategy for Democrats in 2020: populism, not Trump bashing 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: Trump made mistake of ‘historic proportions’ by scrapping Iran deal House Dems’ campaign arm rips Trump, GOP over Iran deal: ‘Vote them all out’ Hillicon Valley: Chinese firm asks feds to lift business ban | North Korean hackers grow more brazen | Panel advances DHS cyber pick | Dems want scrutiny of T-Mobile, Sprint merger MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

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Smith had told The Wall Street Journal shorty 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 ConwayMSNBC’s Ruhle blasts Conway for mocking Schneiderman: ‘Talk about a double standard’ NY attorney general resigns after allegations of physical abuse Tapper: Trump tweet about ‘fighting back’ doesn’t help his obstruction case 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 TrumpMcConnell trolls Blankenship on Twitter: ‘Thanks for playing, Don’ Pittenger loses GOP primary fight Blankenship concedes GOP Senate primary in W. Va. 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.