New information just emerged about a plan to hunt down Hillary Clinton’s missing emails, and the story is bizarre, to say the least.

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal “broke” the story that political operative Peter Smith had a team put together that would find all 33,000 of Clinton’s missing emails.

But in a strange turn of events, Smith claimed that several members of Trump’s administration were in on the conspiracy quest, though they fervently denied any such conclusion.

Peter Smith was convinced that Clinton’s email was in fact hacked when she used it as Secretary of State, and wanted to prove she lied. He did not complete his quest before his death in May, at the age of 81.

But interestingly enough, Smith claimed that Mike Flynn, Kellyanne Conway, and Steve Bannon were all on the team as well, working to defame Hillary Clinton.

The Daily Caller:

The Journal report was particularly intriguing because Smith, who died in May at the age of 81, suggested to associates that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn may have been involved in the Clinton email hunt.

As the newspaper reported, the details of Smith’s operation matched one discussed in intelligence agency reports “that describe Russian hackers discussing how to obtain emails from Mrs. Clinton’s server and then transmit them to Mr. Flynn via an intermediary.”

In emails described by the Journal and Politico, Smith claimed that Trump advisers Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon and Sam Clovis were involved in the project. In some emails, Smith gave the impression that Flynn, members of his consulting firm Flynn Intel Group, and his son were involved in the work.

Bannon and Conway have denied knowing anything about Smith’s operation.

Another alt-right member of the group, Chuck Johnson, denied their involvement entirely.

The Daily Caller reported:

The scope of Smith’s project came into sharper focus on Tuesday, when Politico reported that Chuck Johnson, a pro-Trump entrepreneur and opposition researcher, worked with Smith on the search for Clinton’s hacked emails.

The Daily Caller reached Johnson to discuss his work with Smith, who first revealed his undertaking with The Journal in an interview 10 days before his death. Johnson openly acknowledged working with Smith, who he met in 2013.

“I’m very proud of the help I gave to Peter Smith, and I’m proud to have known him. I have nothing to apologize for. It’s not nefarious at all. If this were on the other side the Democrats would have done it. We just did it better and we won the election,” Johnson told TheDC.

“The whole time I used my own money,” Johnson says, putting his expenses at “tens of thousands of dollars, at least.”

He also claims that Flynn was not directly involved in the effort, though he did note that Smith had “a lot of points of contact” who were close to Flynn.

Whether there was a secret team working to prove Clinton was lying about her email server is uncertain, to say the least.

Hillary’s missing emails were never found and no evidence exists to link anyone associated with the Trump campaign to any attempts to use Russian hackers to obtain them.

The story was another fake news media bust.

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