Matt Tait, Contributor / Lawfare matt tait...
Matt Tait, Contributor / Lawfare

Mueller must be pulling on some pretty loose threads, having to do with the mechanics of how the Trump Campaign “colluded” to exploit the Russian-suppliedDirt on Hillary”.  At least one of the Tech-experts they solicited — is Talking

Mueller has interviewed the cybersecurity expert who described being ‘recruited to collude with the Russians

by Natasha Bertrand, Business Insider — 10/17/2107

A cybersecurity researcher who described being recruited to vet hacked Hillary Clinton emails last year by a GOP operative tied to President Donald Trump’s campaign team has been interviewed by the FBI’s special counsel, Robert Mueller, Business Insider has learned.

Mueller interviewed Matt Tait, a former information-security specialist at Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters who tweets as @pwnallthethings,  several weeks ago, said a source familiar with the matter.

The interview was part of a broader effort by Mueller to examine the relationship between the longtime GOP operative, Peter Smith, and the former national security adviser Michael Flynn and whether Flynn played any role in seeking out the stolen emails during the election. Smith killed himself in May after talking to The Wall Street Journal about his experience.


Mueller interviewed Tait months after Tait published a first-person account of his interactions with Smith on the national-security blog Lawfare.

It seems Mueller is pulling on some pretty loose threads, having to do with “Campaign Finance Law” violations too.  Afterall your secret Wikileaks-colluders still need to get paid …

I got recruited to collude with the Russians‘: An unexpected player has added a new layer to the Trump campaign’s Russia ties

by Natasha Bertrand, Business Insider — 7/1/2107


The second [article], published on Friday, described how [Peter] Smith listed top Trump advisers Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, and Sam Clovis as part of a group  he had formed to conduct opposition research on Clinton — research that involved asking hackers, Russian or not, whether they had her missing emails.

“A few weeks into my interactions with Smith, he sent me a document, ostensibly a cover page for a dossier of opposition research to be compiled by Smith’s group, and which purported to clear up who was involved,” Tait recalled for Lawfare.

 He continued:

     “The document was entitled ‘A Demonstrative Pedagogical Summary to be Developed and Released Prior to November 8, 2016,’ and dated September 7. It detailed a company Smith and his colleagues had set up as a vehicle to conduct the research:   “KLS Research”, set up as a Delaware LLC “to avoid campaign reporting,” and listing four groups who were involved in one way or another. The first group, entitled “Trump Campaign (in coordination to the extent permitted as an independent expenditure)” listed a number of senior campaign officials:   Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Sam Clovis, Lt. Gen. Flynn and Lisa Nelson.”  

Tait said that he didn’t view this as “merely a name-dropping exercise.”


The co-colluders on that secret “Trump Campaign” dirt-mining “group” — seems like they might be names, worth dropping now. Do they not?

Hope Mueller’s team is following the money trials, on these behind-the-klieg-lights LLC operations.

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