President Trump pushed for Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's private emails, and his campaign was in contact special Representative.
On July 27, 2016, Trump said at an election rally, "Russia, if you listen, I hope you're capable of finding the 30,000 missing emails," Clinton refers to emails she received deleted from their private server. She had used a private account during her term as Secretary of State.
Trump "repeated this demand during the election campaign," said former national security adviser Michael Flynn, investigating special lawyer Robert S. Müller III. Flynn "contacted several people to receive the e-mails," including Peter Smith, a longtime Republican, and Barbara Ledeen, a member of the Republican Senate who had previously tried to find the e-mails. At this time, Ledeen worked for Sen. Charles E. Grassley in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Ledeen had written to Smith months ago that Clinton's server had probably been breached long ago and that "the Chinese, Russian and Iranian intelligence agencies could re-assemble the server's email content."
Nach In his July comments to Russia, Smith made his own effort to find the missing emails.
"He started a business and spent tens of thousands of dollars on recruited security experts and business associates," the investigation found. Smith also claimed that he had "contact with hackers" who had connections and connections with Russia "who had access to the emails and that his efforts were coordinated with the Trump campaign," but the special adviser could not find if that was the case. 19659008] In August, Smith wrote, among others, Sam Clovis, co-chair of the Trump campaign, about his efforts. "Parties with different interests revolve around releasing [the emails] before the elections," Smith said. When Smith raised thousands of dollars for his efforts, he told potential donors that he was doing his work "in concert" with the Trump campaign, the special lawyer noted. The investigation revealed only that Smith communicated directly with Flynn and Clovis.
Ledeen later told Smith that she believed she had received a collection of e-mails that could be Clintons. Smith wanted to authenticate them, and Erik Prince, the private military entrepreneur, Trump supporter and brother of the current Education Minister Betsy DeVos, provided "funding to hire a technical adviser to verify the authenticity of the emails."  The technical advisor found that the emails were not authentic. In the end, the investigation did not reveal that Smith, Ledeen, or others in contact with the Trump campaign had received Clinton emails.
The Special Lawyer found no evidence that employees or employees of Trump campaigns initiated or directed Smith's efforts.