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Special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into alleged Russian interference into the 2016 election has included an interview with a cybersecurity expert who said he was recruited to verify the authenticity of hacked emails.

Matt Tait, a former employee of Britain's Government Communications Headquarters, explained in a blog post how he was contacted by Peter Smith, a GOP operative, according to Business Insider.

Smith killed himself in May after talking to The Wall Street Journal about his experiences.

Mueller's team is reportedly trying to find out whether former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was involved in obtaining the emails and what Flynn's relationship was to Smith. Flynn was forced to resign in February after lying about the contacts he had with then Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Tait refused to comment on his reported interview -- but in his blog post, he recalled meeting Smith.

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"Smith implied that he was a well-connected Republican political operative," Tait noted. He went on to add that Smith had contacted him because he thought "that Clinton's private email server had been hacked -- in his view almost certainly both by the Russian government and likely by multiple other hackers too."

Tait said he went along with smith's request to attempt finding out more about the hackers, but added that he never did.

However, Tait did obtain a document from Smith outlining how the GOP operative planned to set up a company to conduct research on the Clinton campaign.

"This document was about establishing a company to conduct opposition research on behalf of the campaign, but operating at a distance so as to avoid campaign reporting," Tait added.

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Tait stated that in his opinion, the Trump campaign authorized Smith to set up the company. The reasons Tait gave for alleging this were comprised of Smith's desire to keep the company distant from the campaign, his intimate knowledge of the campaign, and a reference to Smith in the document as a member of the "Trump campaign" group.

Asked about the ongoing investigation Oct. 16, President Donald Trump stated he thought it should be brought to a conclusion because "the American public is sick of it," according to AOL.

"There has been absolutely no collusion," Trump added. "It's been stated that they have no collusion."

The president suggested that the issue of alleged Russian interference was "an excuse for the Democrats losing the election."

Trump was also asked whether he was considering firing special counsel Mueller, and he responded he was not, according to CNN.

Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department in May. In September, CNN reported that he requested a number of documents related to events that occurred in the White House, including a meeting in the Oval Office and two firings.

Sources: Business Insider, AOL, CNN / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Flickr

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