Friday, July 14, 2017

Republican operative who reached out to Russia for Hillary Clinton hacked emails committed suicide.

Courtesy of TPM: 

Peter W. Smith, the Republican operative who sought to obtain and publicize emails he thought were stolen from Hillary Clinton’s private server, committed suicide days after he told a reporter about his efforts, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday night, citing a Minnesota state death record filed in Olmsted County, that Smith killed himself on May 14 days after he talked to the Wall Street Journal about his hunt for Clinton’s emails. That account was also included in a medical examiner’s report and a Rochester police report, according to the Tribune. 

Smith left a statement police referred to as a suicide note, according to the report, in which he said there was “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER” involved in his death.

"No Foul Play Whatsoever." Who leaves a suicide note like that?

Yeah nothing suspicious about THAT.

This would have been the big story today, if not for that revelation about additional Russians involved in the Trump Junior meeting.

And as far as I'm concerned he certainly deserves more attention from the media.


  1. Anonymous11:37 AM

    The death list begins

  2. Well, you know the tin foil brigade will claim this is just another body to add to the Clintons' head count.

    Never mind how many Russians have died under mysterious circumstances to cover up Putin's actions.

    1. Anonymous1:07 PM

      Yes, I could hear the 'Hillary did it 'crowd'.

      Three people whose lives were upended by information contained in hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee are suing the Trump campaign and Roger Stone, alleging that they conspired with Russia and Wikileaks to release the info and do them harm.
      If it works, this is a hell of an ingenious way to force public disclosure of information about the campaign’s connections to Russia. Don Jr., your lawyers need to turn over the contents of your computer. If there aren’t any more emails between you and Russian government figures eager to help your dad, that would be some terrific exculpatory evidence, no?

    2. Anonymous2:10 PM

      Don't forget that Trump is suppose to have connections to the mob in NYC. Is there a history (or suspicion) of his having used them for deaths when folks haven't agreed with him and his? Curious!

  3. Anonymous11:41 AM

    Lu As I read the story, I didn't hear foul play. I heard a man clearing his conscious by coming forward with information as preparation for his planned suicide.

    1. Anonymous3:15 PM

      Well said. Thank you.

  4. How peculiar, since the GOP was ALL on about Vince Foster's suicide being a murder by Hillary Clinton - that they find nothing at all "foul" about a guy who talked "out of GOP school" ending up dead.

  5. Anonymous12:37 PM

    That and the deaths connected to Hillary should tell us we need a new govt from bottom up.

    1. Anonymous1:26 PM

      "the deaths connected to Hilary"


  6. Anonymous1:02 PM

    Senate Intelligence Committee To Investigate Work Of GOP Operative Who Died: Report
    Peter Smith killed himself in May.

    The Senate intelligence committee reportedly plans to investigate the work of a GOP operative who was researching Hillary Clinton’s emails and killed himself earlier this year.

    Peter Smith, an 81-year-old financier from Lake Forest, Illinois, had a long history of conducting opposition research. In the ’90s, Smith set his sights on President Bill Clinton, finding and helping publicize allegations about his sex life. More recently, Smith said he was looking into obtaining emails he said Russian hackers had stolen from Hillary Clinton.

  7. Anonymous1:06 PM

    The 81 year old guy killed himself inside a hotel that is used by Mayo Clinic patients for crying out loud! Gryphen. You're no different than that crackpot you posted on this morning about the elite pedophiles. I'm really beginning to hate the left loons as much as the righties.

    1. Anonymous2:07 PM

      Get off this blog then!!!

    2. Anonymous5:49 PM

      Yeah, get off the blog.

  8. Chicago Tribune did a great write-up. Now if we only knew what was told in the WSJ interview.

    Not sure what the hand weights were for that were present in the room nor how exactly Helium was used. This man was desperate... I hope no one helped him but don't want to be naive.

    1. Anonymous3:21 PM

      You put the bag over your head, attach the hose from the Helium cannister ... there was a sweet old lady arrested for making suicide hoods or masks a few years back. Helium takes you away without discomfort or struggle. Now I suppose I'm going to be investigated. As for the hand weights, most likely to help him maintain some hand/arm strength. The kind of exercise regularly recommended for sick and elderly people.

  9. Anonymous1:34 PM

    Congressman Ted Lieu questions whether Trump-Russia figure Peter W. Smith really committed suicide

    ...Ted Lieu, who was a prosecutor before he joined Congress, tweeted “You don’t need to be a prosecutor to know that someone writing NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER in connection with a death seems awfully suspicious.” (link). Lieu then retweeted Harris’ tweet about Smith.

    While Ted Lieu hasn’t publicly said as much, his tweets suggest that he may be using his position in Congress to try to get details and answers on what really happened to Peter W. Smith. If he did indeed commit suicide, we need to know that for certain. And if there was foul play, that would be a bombshell in the Trump-Russia scandal. As Palmer Report pointed out yesterday, Putin has no known history of murdering Americans, so it would be a major break from pattern if Putin and Russia were involved in Smith’s death.

    “Enraged” and “exasperated” Donald Trump is in total freefall over Russia scandal

    Donald Trump is falling to pieces by the minute. His behavior during the campaign and since taking office has been so erratic and disturbing that it’s clear he wasn’t all there in the head to begin with. But now that his own son Donald Trump Jr. has gotten himself into major legal trouble and caused the Russia scandal to explode, it turns out Trump has slipped into a whole new level of not-togetherness that’s setting off red flashing lights across the board.

    Trump is now “enraged that the Russia cloud still hangs over his presidency” and “exasperated that his eldest son and namesake has become engulfed by it” among other disconcerting revelations in a new Washington Post article (link) – and the kicker here is that these observations are coming from Trump’s own associates. In other words, Trump is deteriorating so severely that even his friends are now running to a newspaper that Trump hates, in order to air their concerns about his behavior. And it gets worse.

  10. Anonymous1:38 PM

    Trump Abuses Power, Punishes Qatar For Refusing To Give $500 Million Loan To Son-In-Law Kushner

    It turns out that Donald Trump was abusing his power when he accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and allowed sanctions against them.

    Jared Kushner did not gain his position by getting confirmed by the Senate. He got his cushy White House job because he is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

    And he has been using his position in an effort to do business, and is using Trump’s power as president to retaliate against those who refuse to do business with him.

    Just before Trump went on a tirade against Qatar, Kushner tried to get a loan from one of the richest men in the small country, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani.

    Kushner asked for a $500 million loan from al-Thani because he needs to come up with $1.3 billion in the next two years before the interest-only mortgage is due on his family’s 666 Fifth Avenue building in Manhattan. The only stipulation to getting the loan was that Kushner had to come up with some co-funding for the project. Of course, Kushner failed to live up to his end of the deal, so al-Thani wisely walked away rather than risk that much money on someone who makes promises he can’t keep.

    And because al-Thani rejected Kushner’s request, Donald Trump retaliated against Qatar by accusing the Gulf nation of being too close to Iran and gave Saudi Arabia the green light to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and block transports there. Saudi Arabia is home to some Trump businesses, and Trump has been sucking up to the Saudi government, so of course, Saudi Arabia would gladly help Trump punish Qatar for refusing to give his family money.

    1. Anonymous1:55 PM

      " Replacing Gorelick is Abbe Lowell, a criminal-defense attorney who has represented high-profile clients including John Edwards and Jack Abramoff."

  11. Anonymous1:40 PM

    OT?ÆTo put it simply:He {pat robertson} believes bad things (destructive hurricanes, diseases) happen because God gets angry at humans’ sinful actions, while also simultaneously subscribing to the notion that historical chaos is itself desirable insofar as it points to an ideal end: Christ’s second coming and reign on earth."Trump and his handlers are dog-whistling."Trump is not merely legitimizing alternative facts but, more dangerously, writing alternative sacred HIStory. He is cast a religious martyr, or someone who, though assailed on (in their view, bogus) legal or circumstantial grounds will be vindicated through divine favor." By cleaving his audience so neatly into a dichotomy of “fake news” and “honest Christians,” Trump is signaling to his evangelical supporters that the crisis of his presidency is not simply another entry into political history, but a step toward the second coming of Jesus Christ."He’s the “suffering servant” of the Book of Isaiah."He’s mobilizing them. If the worst happens, and Trump does find his presidency under threat, he can rely on supporters who not only think the media is peddling fake news but also see that news as an apocalyptic threat to their fundamental identity as believing Christians." more unnerving still, it could legitimize violence in defense of Trump’s wavering presidency." the seemingly “family-friendly” optics of Trump’s newfound religiosity are far more unsettling than they are conciliatory."

    1. Anonymous6:13 PM

      Tell him to P R A Y away those $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ sins
      committed by AmeriKKKa!

  12. Anonymous1:55 PM

    OT?" A former Trump campaign official noted that King is “one of [Trump’s] favorite people” who Trump “loved talking about” during the 2016 campaign."

  13. Anonymous2:05 PM

    JHC! After reading the info at 1:38 PM, it made my blood boil. These Trumps are horrible people and why Trump and his klan haven't been kicked out of the white house and DC is beyond my comprehension.

    All they do is care for themselves and could give a shit less about Americans.


  14. Okay. Aside from the obvious weirdness of the "no foul play here" note and accepting that the man was in ill health, there is still some weirdness not generally being reported.

    Think. If you were going to commit suicide, how would you do it? Gun to the head? No gun. Jump off a building? Too cowardly. Slit your wrists. Drug overdose. (Sleeping pills aren't that hard to get and combine them with alcohol. We all know how Marilyn Monroe died.) Carbon monoxide leaving your car running in a sealed garage. Run car off cliff. Drink antifreeze.

    How many ways can you think to end it?

    Now, would you think of this one?

    Put a plastic bag over your head with a hose leading to a tank of helium. Die of helium asphyxiation.

    Because that's how he did it.

    Is that not the weirdest, most suspect, questionable way to commit suicide?


      "The GOP operative who was searching for the 33,000 emails missing from Democrat Hillary Clinton's private server allegedly committed suicide by pumping helium into a plastic bag over his head, according to police."

      "The Final Exit Network, a Florida-based nonprofit, provides information and support to people who suffer from a terminal illness and want to kill themselves. Fran Schindler, a volunteer with the group, noted that the best-selling book "Final Exit," written by Derek Humphry in 1991 and revised several times since, explains in detail the helium gas method.

      "Many people obtain that information from his book," Schindler said. "It's a method that has been around for many years and is well-known.""

      Really? Because I've never heard of it. A lot of methods come to mind before this. Like simply putting a plastic bag over my head, done and done.

    2. Anonymous3:35 PM

      No, it is not. The Hemlock Society advocates the use of a plastic bag over the secured with a rubber band as a backup to whatever substances may be ingested. Helium and nitrogen both are reported to give a painless exit. Antifreeze gives a horrid prelude to death and I don't think it's instantaneous. The changes in emissions control can make it a long time before you inhale enough carbon monoxide to do you in. People do survive crashes. And the worst cliffs and curves are usually barricaded. How he did it seems a quiet and effective manner of ending his life. That takes planning. And I, personally, believe it takes courage as well.

  15. Anonymous2:20 AM

    Might this be the first Putin victim due to all this espionage? The plot thickens.

    1. First AMERICAN, victim.

      Not first victim in America, as all former victims have been Russian both here and abroad.

  16. Anonymous12:38 AM

    Well, that doesn't take too many brain cells. It is pretty obvious Hillary, John Podesta, or someone else has a mole/contact in the Wall Street Journal. It could be Ruth Markus as well. She was one of the people invited to the "Podesta pool party" in the WikiLeaks emails. The lady throwing the party was Tamera Luzzatto. Ruth Markus was one of the people invited along with her husband, whose name she didn't take when they married, Jon Leibowitz. Ruth Markus works for the Washington Post and Jon works for the Federal Trade Commission.

    All of the Pizzagate people are the people who RUN DC.

    That is going to be who did this.


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