Just ten days after admitting he’d tried to get Hillary Clinton’s missing emails from missing hackers, Clinton investigator Peter W. Smith was found dead. His death was ruled a suicide, with a note reading (in all caps): “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER…RECENT BAD TURN IN HEALTH SINCE JANUARY, 2017…LIFE INSURANCE OF $5 MILLION EXPIRING.” Smith was found with a bag tied over his head, attached to a helium source, in a death that the Rochester Chief of Police described as “unusual.” Authorities also found a Walmart receipt for a helium tank and pliers.This was back in May – the Wall Street Journal didn’t publish their story about Smith until late June.
While there’s a reasonable explanation for his death (life insurance expiring – assuming his life insurance policy wouldn’t be voided in event of a suicide), a Wall Street analyst who spoke to Peter Smith the day before he reportedly committed suicide told the Daily Caller News Foundation there were no indications the Chicago businessman and anti-Clinton political investigator was about to take his life.
“He may have been a fantastic actor but I certainly didn’t leave that phone call saying, ‘oh sh*t, 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,” Ortel said.Ortel and Smith shared a common interest in the Clintons. Ortel 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. Ortel has similarly expressed doubts about the circumstances of Seth Rich’s murder — which police have concluded was a robbery gone wrong — commending those
“who are trying to discover why so many people close to the last election have died along the way.”
The difference here is that Ortel knew Smith personally.
“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.”Prior to Thursday, it was assumed the 81-year old political investigator had died of natural causes while at the Mayo Clinic.
>Ortel vigorously dismissed the allegation that Smith took his own life. Ortel, who may have been the last person to speak with Smith prior to his death, told TheDCNF there were no indications the wealthy Chicago businessman was about to commit suicide the next day.“It was a friendly chat,” Ortel recalled of the phone conversation that occurred May 13. “But it certainly wasn’t the kind of chat where a person might go out and purchase two helium canisters and put a bag over your head. That made no sense,” Ortel said.
Keep in mind it was just last Tuesday former Haitian government official Klaus Eberwein was found dead in a Miami hotel room from a self-inflicted gunshot would to the head. He was set to testify regarding alleged Clinton Foundation corruption and malpractice in his country, and had reportedly told acquaintances that he feared for his life due to his staunch criticism of the Foundation.
Let’s be honest, you don’t have to be wearing a tinfoil hat to think something is just a little suspicious here.