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Joy Reid connects the dots on sketchy Republican donor who suddenly killed himself — now Mueller is investigating

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On Monday, MSNBC’s Joy Reid connected the dots in response to a bombshell report that said a Veteran Republican Operative, Peter Smith, raised over $100,000 to hunt down Hillary Clinton’s stolen e-mails.

Smith, has since passed away, but his work still lingers and is of interest to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia’s interference into the 2016 presidential race.

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“In the final stretch of the 2016 presidential campaign, Peter Smith was on a quest, hunting for what he believed to be e-mails stolen by Russian hackers from Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server. The Wall Street Journal interviewed Mr. Smith for that story,” Reid said.

“Smith implied to The Journal that his secret endeavor was somehow tied to Michael Flynn who had been an adviser in the campaign. And then about ten days after he talked to The Wall Street Journal, Peter Smith died,” she added. “He was found dead in a Minnesota hotel room in an apparent suicide.”

Reid continued to connect the bizarre dots to Smith’s connection to Russian interference.

“It was not just Mike Flynn who Peter Smith implied was connected to his search for Hillary Clinton’s e-mails. According to Smith, it was also a handful of other top-tier campaign aides like Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon,” she explained.

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Reid then circled back and pointed out the significance of Smith raising thousands of dollars and how it connects back to Russian interference.

“If you’re wondering what all of this means, if you’re wondering what might connect all these dots, you’re in very good company. The Journal reports that Robert Mueller is also investigating Peter Smith’s quest for Clinton’s e-mails,” she said.

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