Updated: Jan 21, 2021
After Hilary Clinton deleted “personal and non-responsive” emails after subpoenas were issued, key individuals in the Trump campaign made it their mission to gain access to these emails during the 2016 Presidential election. Peter Smith was one of these individuals and he claimed to other Russian hackers gained access and he was in contact with them. Smith, a Republican operative and businessman, died by suicide in May of 2017, therefore no interview had taken place between him and the Senate committee. Michael Flynn, who was in contact with Smith prior to his death, asserted his Fifth Amendment right and without any corroborating evidence, the Senate Committee did not find Smith had actually gained access to the deleted emails.