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Congressional investigators want info on GOP operative who committed suicide after hunting Clinton emails

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Investigators in the House and Senate probing Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election are seeking information on a GOP operative who was actively searching for emails hacked from Hillary Clinton’s private email servers, CNN reports.

Longtime GOP activist Peter W. Smith was found dead in an apparent suicide just weeks after divulging his pursuits of Clinton’s emails to a Wall Street Journal reporter. House and Senate investigators reportedly want to know more of Smith’s operation, and his alleged ties to former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former chief strategist Steve Bannon, among other Trump loyalists.

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According to the Journal, Smith implied he had ties to Flynn, and may have been working with him to obtain Clinton’s emails. A source told CNN Smith may have been working in tandem with the Trump campaign on opposition research.

The House panel has reportedly met with Matt Tait and Eric York, two former security analysts who worked with Smith and Smith’s former assistant Jonathan Safron.

Smith told the Journal his team found hackers who claimed to have 33,000 deleted emails, but they were unable to verify the contents.

“We knew the people who had these were probably around the Russian government,” Smith told the Journal shortly before his death. Smith died of apparent suicide in a hotel room in Rochester, Minnesota on  May 14.

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Marine Corps unit busted planning to hold a party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort: report

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President Donald Trump is facing yet another corruption scandal after a Marine Corps unit was caught planning to hold a party at the commander-in-chief's Mar-a-Lago resort.

"At a time when taxpayer and foreign-government spending at Trump Organization properties is fueling political battles, a U.S. Marine Corps reserve unit stationed in South Florida hopes to hold an annual ball at a venue that could profit the commander-in-chief," the Miami Herald reported Thursday.

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Internet blown away by Giuliani’s ‘pants-sh*tting panic’ freak out on CNN’s Cuomo

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani received harsh reviews of his Thursday evening appearance on CNN with anchor Chris Cuomo.

Many people worried about Giuliani's mental health after watching the interview.

Here is some of what people were saying about Trump's defense attorney.

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Maddow is visibly shocked Trump is claiming in court the president can’t even be investigated

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The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC was flabbergasted by the latest court moves by President Donald Trump as he continues to hide his tax returns from investigators.

The host noted the ongoing legal battle Trump is waging to keep his accounting firm, Mazars, from handing over eight years of his tax returns to New York state investigators.

The host was shocked by the headline on the front-page of The Washington Post website.

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