Peter W. Smith a GOP operative who was working to obtain Hillary Clinton’s emails committed suicide days after speaking to The Wall Street Journal, records acquired by the Chicago Tribune show.
Peter was found dead in a Rochester, Minnesota hotel room on May 14. The Chicago Tribune obtained a state death record where police stated there was a suicide note in which he said he was in ill health and a life insurance policy was expiring.
According to the Tribune, “Smith told the Journal he believed the missing emails might have had been obtained by Russian hackers. He also said he thought the correspondence related to Clinton’s official duties. He told the Journal he worked independently and was not part of the Trump campaign. He also told the Journal he and his team found five groups of hackers — two of them Russian groups — who claimed to have Clinton’s missing emails.
Smith had a history of doing opposition research, the formal term for unflattering information that political operatives dig up about rival candidates.”
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) July 13, 2017
Smith’s death was 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.