Days after speaking to The Wall Street Journal, a GOP operative who was trying to obtain Hillary Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers committed suicide. This is according to the Chicago Tribune show. Clinton body count adds another victim.
The man who committed suicide has been identified as Peter W. Smith. He is from Chicago and is a big-time GOP donor. He was found dead on May 14 in Rochester, Minnesota. According to a death certificate the Tribune obtained, he committed suicide in the hotel on that date.
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) July 13, 2017
Per Fox News:
The Journal reported that Smith, a longtime opposition researcher for the GOP, “mounted an independent campaign to obtain emails he believed were stolen by Hillary Clinton’s private server, likely by Russian hackers” and implied he was working with Gen. Michael Flynn, then a senior adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump.
Smith said he had created a team to find the emails that might have been stolen by hackers during Clinton’s tenure as U.S. Secretary of State, although the Journal reported Smith was focused on obtaining the 30,000 emails Clinton claimed she deleted because they were personal.
In Smith’s hotel room, he left a “statement police called a suicide note in which he said he was in ill health and a life insurance policy was expiring,” the Tribune reported.
His death, which a police chief called “unusual,” had been recorded as “asphyxiation due to displacement of oxygen in a confined space with helium.” Smith was found with a bag over his head and a helium source attached.
According to the Tribune, Smith wrote two blog posts before his death: one challenging the U.S. intelligence community’s findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and another “predicting” that “the Russian interference story will die of its own weight.”
What do you know? Another suspicious suicide tied to the Clinton family. How many of these will happen before someone steps up and demands answers? Stay tuned as we will provide more details as they become available.