Republican operative and Trump backer Peter Smith committed suicide after being interviewed by Wall Street Journal for a story about his alleged role in trying to secure stolen Hillary Clinton Emails. His cause of death was reported in the Chicago Tribune.

According to the newspaper, “the Chicago Tribune obtained a Minnesota state death record filed in Olmsted County that says Smith committed suicide in a hotel near the Mayo Clinic at 1:17 p.m. on Sunday, May 14. He was found with a bag over his head with a source of helium attached. A medical examiner’s report gives the same account, without specifying the time, and a report from Rochester police further details his suicide.

Mr. Smith died 10 days after speaking with the Wall Street Journal about his alleged role in the Russia scandal.

The Wall Street Journal reported, “Before the 2016 presidential election, a longtime Republican opposition researcher mounted an independent campaign to obtain emails he believed were stolen from Hillary Clinton’s private server, likely by Russian hackers. In conversations with members of his circle and with others he tried to recruit to help him, the GOP operative, Peter W. Smith, implied he was working with retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, at the time a senior adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump”

Titled, “The Time I Got Recruited to Collude with the Russians“, Matt Tait, the CEO, and founder of Capital Alpha Security recounts how Mr. Smith contacted him about emails allegedly stolen from Sec. Hillary Clinton’s server (“Clinton’s private emails never materialized”). Mr. Smith alleged that someone from “the dark web” had contacted him about access to these emails.

“…Smith had not contacted me about the DNC hack, but rather about his conviction that Clinton’s private email server had been hacked—in his view almost certainly both by the Russian government and likely by multiple other hackers too—and his desire to ensure that the fruits of those hacks were exposed prior to the election. Over the course of a long phone call, he mentioned that he had been contacted by someone on the “Dark Web” who claimed to have a copy of emails from Secretary Clinton’s private server, and this was why he had contacted me; he wanted me to help validate whether or not the emails were genuine.”

A number of elites in Russia’s foreign policy establishment have died from mysterious illnesses or have been murdered since President Donald Trump’s surprising win in November.

  1. Vitaly Churkin, 64, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations (heart attack)
  2. Alexander Kadakin, 67, the Russian ambassador to India (short illness)
  3. Andrey Malanin, 54, a senior diplomat at the Russian embassy in Greece (found dead)
  4. Oleg Erovinkin,61, had close ties to Russian intelligence (found dead in car – linked to Trump Dossier)
  5. Andrey Karlov, 62, Russian ambassador to Turkey, (assassinated)
  6. Petr Polshikov, 56, a senior Russian diplomat (found dead in his apartment hours before Karlov’s death (above))
  7. Sergei Krivov, 63, Russian duty commander involved with security affairs (Head bashed in)
  8. Nikolai Gorokhov, 53, was near death with “severe head injuries” (falls from building)