According to California Congressman Ted Lieu, the suicide of GOP operative Peter Smith, who claims that he tried to obtain Hillary’s Clinton’s missing emails, “seems awfully suspicious”.
As the Chicago Tribune reveals, Smith killed himself in a Minnesota hotel room just days after talking to the Wall Street Journal about his efforts, leaving a suicide note that read “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER” explaining that he was taking his own life because of a “RECENT BAD TURN IN HEALTH SINCE JANUARY, 2017” and timing related “TO LIFE INSURANCE OF $5 MILLION EXPIRING.”
Smith’s death was initially reported by the WSJ to have been by natural causes, but the Chicago Tribune later obtained a state death record that confirmed Smith committed suicide on May 14th and that he “was found with a bag over his head with a source of helium attached”.
Rep. Ted Lieu is doubtful of the explanation, claiming that the note is too emphatic in stressing that the death was a suicide.
“You don’t need to be a prosecutor to know that someone writing NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER in connection with a death seems awfully suspicious,” Lieu tweeted last night.
Senior WSJ writer Shane Harris also tweeted last night that there were no signs Smith was about to commit suicide.
“When I spoke to Peter Smith I had no indication that he was ill or planning to take his own life,” remarked Harris.
One of Smith’s former employees also said that he was getting treated for his heart condition at the Mayo Clinic, which suggests he was hopeful of recovering.
“It’s easy to understand why the death-by-suicide theory is not easily bought. Smith had a long history of exposing damaging information on leading candidates from the opposition. There was a time when he was tasked with digging up dirt on former President Bill Clinton,” reports the International Business Times.