A Republican donor and operative from Chicago’s North Shore who said he had tried to obtain Hillary Clinton ‘s missing emails from Russian hackers killed himself days after talking to The Wall Street Journal about his efforts, according to the Chicago Tribune.
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) July 13, 2017
He was found dead on May 14 in a Rochester, Minnesota hotel room, public record show. The Tribune also acquired a death certificate indicating that Peter W. Smith committed a suicide.
Smith had “mounted an independent campaign to obtain emails he believed were stolen by Hillary Clinton’s private server, likely by Russian hackers,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
Smith said that he created a team to find the 30,000 deleted emails Hillary counted as unnecessary.
The Journal claimed that had seen e-mails Smith wrote showing that he and his team considered former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to be an ally in their effort.
The Tribune also reported that Smith left a statement in his room that is also known as suicide note according to the police. In the suicide note Smith explained that “he is in ill health and that the life insurance policy was expiring.”
Peter was found by authorities with a bag over his head and a helium source attached to it.
His death, which was also called “unusual” by the Rochester police chief Roger Peterson, had been described as “asphyxiation due to displacement of oxygen in confined space with helium,” according to records.
“For years, former Democratic President Bill Clinton was Smith’s target. The wealthy businessman had a hand in exposing the “Troopergate” allegations about Bill Clinton’s sex life.”
“He discussed financing a probe of a 1969 trip Bill Clinton took while in college to the Soviet Union, according to Salon magazine,” reported the Tribune.
Smith wrote two blog posts one day before he was found dead, dated May 13.
The first one was questioning the findings of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election.
In the second post, Smith predicted: “As attention turns to international affairs, as it will shortly, the Russian interference story will die of its own weight.”