Earlier today, TFPP reported that longtime Republican operate Peter W. Smith has committed suicide. Though tempting fodder for conspiracy theorists due to Smith’s role as a thorn in the Clintons’ side, it was believed he killed himself because his health was failing and his life insurance policy was about to expire.
Now, however, there’s a new wrinkle that is certain to get the internet buzzing.
The Daily Caller reports that Charles Ortel, a Wall Street investment banker and market analyst who spoke with Smith the day before he died, very much doubts he would have committed suicide:
“He may have been a fantastic actor but I certainly didn’t leave that phone call saying, ‘oh shit, the guy’s at the end of his rope,’” Charles Ortel, a Wall Street investment banker and market analyst, told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s (TheDCNF) Investigative Group.
“This does not seem like a settled story. It made perfect sense to me he might have died of natural causes, but little chance he would have killed himself,” Smith said.
Ortel and Smith shared a common interest in the Clintons. Ortel has has dug deeply into the financial operations of the Clinton Foundation. He first came to public attention in 2007 by exposing questionable accounting practices at General Electric.
“We had countless discussions,” Ortel recalled of his relationship with Smith. “He was using his unique decades of experience in politics to offer me advice how to expose the Clinton Foundation.”
According to Ortel, Smith was “excited to learn the particulars of a project we had been discussing,” suggesting a man fully expecting to and invested in remaining alive for some time.
He also questions the suicide note stating his death was due to a “RECENT BAD TURN IN HEALTH,” “LIFE INSURANCE OF $5 MILLION EXPIRING,” and “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER,” because none of the many emails Ortel ever sent him contained phrases in all-capital letters. “To put that in a suicide note as many times as he did and in language that’s not really professional doesn’t sound like him,” Ortel told the Daily Caller.
However, Ortel acknowledges that on their final call, Smith did confirm that health-wise, “I’ve been dealing with some problems. I’m up at the Mayo Clinic.”
So what does all this mean? Probably not much. It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that some sort of foul play is going on, but it’s more likely that Mr. Smith just put on a positive front in his last days, or simply that Mr. Ortel is trying to make sense of an inherently senseless tragedy.
I mean, imagine something as unthinkable as writing your own suicide note. Is it really surprising that one would approach it differently from how one normally writes Sure, there appear to be possible discrepancies that should be looked into as with any death, but one of the things that makes suicide so heartbreaking is its tendency to come from those we least suspect.
In any event, we are saddened by the passing of a patriot, and pray that God grant his family comfort and strength during this difficult time.
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