Working in politics can be a dangerous thing. It’s the cross-section of pretty much every highly explosive issue possible, and sometimes things don’t turn out the way we might wish.
It would be nice to think that government here in America still runs on honor and that under cover assassinations and the like are still only happening in other countries. However, the sheer amount of shady information that has been uncovered about those in politics lately, primarily about those in the Democratic Party makes it seem unlikely that anyone is drawing any lines that can’t be crossed anymore.
We’ve recently learned that we can add the suspicious death of Republican party opposition researcher to the pile of unknown and scary events.
Via Fox News:
A Republican Party operative who said he tried to obtain Hillary Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers committed suicide days after speaking to The Wall Street Journal, records acquired by the Chicago Tribune show.
Peter W. Smith, an 81-year-old GOP donor from Chicago, was found dead in a Rochester, Minnesota hotel room on May 14. The Tribune obtained a state death record stating Smith committed suicide in the hotel on the date.
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) July 13, 2017
The Journal reported that Smith, a longtime opposition researcher for the GOP, “mounted an independent campaign to obtain emails he believed were stolen by Hillary Clinton’s private server, likely by Russian hackers” and implied he was working with Gen. Michael Flynn, then a senior adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump.
In Smith’s hotel room, he left a “statement police called a suicide note in which he said he was in ill health and a life insurance policy was expiring,” the Tribune reported.
His death, which a police chief called “unusual,” had been recorded as “asphyxiation due to displacement of oxygen in a confined space with helium.” Smith was found with a bag over his head and a helium source attached.
If you care to read the Chicago Tribune article on the death, that will make you far more suspicious than anything I could tell you. They seem to have bent over backward to explain away every single possible sign of foul play.
Even if there were no chance of corruption anywhere along the lines, and everyone did their job without interference (which would be a miracle in and of itself) just the circumstances surrounding Smith’s situation would be noteworthy. He’s described as being a wealthy businessman, but he committed suicide in a very strange and difficult way because he was worried about his life insurance running out.
The Tribune article says that since there’s been no suspicion of foul play, no one has checked security cameras to see who bought or brought in the helium tanks used in Smith’s death. However, multiple sources of information won’t be releasing it because it’s too sensitive and the matter has yet to be closed out. Supposedly he had nothing to live for, but his career was doing well, and his family and friends thought that he went to the Mayo Clinic for a cardiac procedure.
I don’t know about you, but I smell a rat, and it’s shaped suspiciously like a donkey.