Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), who is also a member of the House Intelligence Committee, publicly stated on Saturday that the panel should request testimony about the GOP operation that allegedly sought Hillary Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers last year.
According to the statement, Castro wants the intel committee to listen to Matt Tait, who claims a GOP activist tried to recruit him last year to obtain and authenticate Clinton’s emails, testify.
Castro tweeted, “The House Intelligence Cmte should hear from Matt Tait ASAP. The Time I Got Recruited to Collude with the Russians.”
The House Intelligence Cmte should hear from Matt Tait ASAP.
The Time I Got Recruited to Collude with the Russians https://t.co/RW9GKmywW5
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) July 1, 2017
Castro’s request comes as the intel panel gets ready to interview former national security adviser Susan Rice and former Trump adviser Roger Stone as part of their Russia investigation.
Castro himself cannot summon Tait to testify, that’s why he’s urging leaders of the committee to take action and get Tait to testify.
Tait has revealed quite a few things, when it comes to the Russia investigation, in a blog post late Friday night. First he confessed to being one of the anonymous sources in a Wall Street Journal report detailing Smith’s efforts to connect with hacker groups in hopes that he could obtain politically damaging emails that Clinton said she had deleted.
According to Tait, Smith tried to recruit him. Tait also said that he warned Smith that the sources of the email leaks he was seeking were likely fronts for the Russian government. But according to Tait, The GOP activist “didn’t seem to care.”