Republican Operative Who Tried to Get Hillary's Deleted Emails Is Dead

politics
July 14, 2017Jul 14, 2017

In mid-May, Peter W. Smith, 81, spoke to a Wall Street Journal writer about his attempt to obtain Hillary’s deleted emails from Russian hackers. A few days later, he was dead. However, despite the suspicious circumstances, authorities are calling his death a suicide.

He was found, along with a detailed suicide note, in a hotel room in Rochester, Minnesota. Sources say he was there being treated for a heart condition. His death certificate lists the cause of death as “asphyxiation due to displacement of oxygen in confined space with helium," reports The Chicago Tribune. 

His suicide note included a statement that there was “’NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER’ was involved in his death. He wrote 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.’”

In 2016, Smith—along with, he hinted, retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn searched for Russian hackers—reached out to hackers who he thought might have the emails that Hillary Clinton deleted.

The Wall Street Journal story says that On Labor Day weekend last year, “Smith assembled a team to acquire emails the team theorized might have been stolen from the private server Clinton had used while secretary of state.”

Smith, who worked independently of the Trump campaign, told the Journal that he and his team found five groups of hackers, two of which were Russia, who claimed to have Clinton’s missing emails. It’s unclear why Smith was unable to obtain them.

This was not the first time Smith had done opposition research. For many years, he did opposition research on former President Bill Clinton.

Please pray for his family as they deal with their loss.