A cybersecurity expert who claimed he was "recruited to collude with the Russians" to meddle in the 2016 election has been interviewed by Mueller.
Matt Tait, a former information cyber security specialist for Britain's Government Communications Headquarters was interviewed weeks ago by Mueller, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
Tait claimed that he was recruited by a longtime GOP operative tied to the Trump campaign, Peter W. Smith, to obtain emails deleted from Hillary Clinton's private email server that they believed were obtained by the Russian government. According to news reports, Smith told several people during his investigation that he was affiliated with President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
In an article titled "The Time I Got Recruited to Collude with the Russians," Tait told lawfareblog.com in June that Smith approached him during the campaign for help verifying the veracity of emails Smith said he received from "dark web hackers." "Smith implied that he was a well-connected Republican political operative," Tait wrote, adding that Smith believed "that Clinton's private email server had been hacked-in his view almost certainly both by the Russian government and likely by multiple other hackers too."
"From [Smith's] perspective it didn't matter who had taken the emails, or their motives for doing so," Taid continued. "He never expressed to me any discomfort with the possibility that the emails he was seeking were potentially from a Russian front, a likelihood he was happy to acknowledge." "We knew the people who had these were probably around the Russian government," Smith told The Wall Street Journal Journal in May.
Smith killed himself days after speaking to The Wall Street Journal about his efforts. The House Intelligence Committee interviewed Tait as part of their investigation earlier this month, CNN reported.
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