Ten days after Republican operative Peter Smith revealed to the media that last year he tried to obtain then-Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers, he died in circumstances that some have deemed to be “awfully suspicious.”
According to a Minnesota state death record reviewed by the Chicago Tribune, Smith committed suicide in a hotel room in Rochester on May 14 by placing a bag over his head that had been attached to a helium source of some kind. The hotel was reportedly situated next to the Mayo Clinic, a specialist hospital that treats especially difficult cases.
He reportedly left a suicide note in which he claimed “NO FOUL PLAY” was involved in his death and that he chose to commit suicide because of a “RECENT BAD TURN IN HEALTH SINCE JANUARY, 2017” and because his life insurance policy was on the verge of expiring.
Even California Rep. Ted W. Lieu, a Democrat, found the note troubling:
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.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 14, 2017
Moreover, Sane Harris, the reporter who interviewed Smith 10 days prior to his suicide, has admitted that when he spoke to the Republican operative, he saw “no indication that he was ill or planning to take his own life.”
And one of Smith’s former employees told the Tribune that he believes his now-deceased boss had been receiving treatment from the Mayo Clinic for his heart condition, which would suggest he had been hopeful about recovering.
When I spoke to Peter Smith I had no indication that he was ill or planning to take his own life.
— Shane Harris (@shaneharris) July 13, 2017
In a piece for The Wall Street Journal published on June 29, Harris detailed Smith’s exploits, which included assembling a team independent from then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign to recover emails that may have been stolen from Clinton’s private server during her stint as the secretary of state.
“Mr. Smith’s focus was some 33,000 emails Mrs. Clinton said were deleted because they were deemed personal,” Harris reported. “Mr. Smith said he believed that the emails might have been obtained by hackers and that they actually concerned official matters Mrs. Clinton wanted to conceal.”
Harris also claimed that he saw recruiting emails written by Smith in which he had tried to entice others to join his efforts by convincing them that he was working with retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who at the time was serving as a top adviser to Trump.
Of course, Smith’s untimely death two months ago is not the first time that a political figure associated with Clinton has died in what is officially considered a suicide.
In fact, many conspiracy theorists still remain convinced that the suicide of Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster in 1993 by a gunshot wound was in fact a murder perpetrated by Clinton and her husband, then-President Bill Clinton; though no definitive proof exists to suggest foul play was involved in either Smith or Foster’s deaths.
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