GOP Operative Searching For Missing Clinton Emails Killed Himself With Helium

GOP Operative Searching For Missing Clinton Emails Killed Himself With Helium

According to the Tribune, Smith was found in a hotel near the Mayo Clinic in Olmsted County, Minnesota.

According to the Journal, Smith began the effort on Labor Day weekend in 2016 by assembling a team to acquire emails the team theorized might have been stolen from the private server Clinton had used while secretary of state.

In his hunt for the emails, Smith reportedly implied he was working with Michael Flynn, then a campaign adviser to Donald Trump, though he later told the Journal that Flynn was not involved. Details on whether Flynn was involved in Smith's mission are not known. Smith told the Journal he believed the missing emails might have been obtained by Russian hackers. He never expressed to me any discomfort with the possibility that the e-mails he was seeking were potentially from a Russian front, a likelihood he was happy to acknowledge.

While Smith had boasted ties to various members of the Trump campaign throughout his personal quest, those now-White House officials either declined to comment or claimed they had no idea what Smith was up to. Smith believed the missing e-mails might have been obtained by Russian hackers.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in NY, U.S. April 6, 2017.

Smith had a heart problem, for a treatment he went to Mayo Clinic.According to death records, he took his life in a Rochester, Minnesota hotel room, by placing over his head a bag attached to a helium source. He had previously helped fund opposition research against President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

The Tribune reports a worker with Rochester Cremation Services, the funeral home that responded to the hotel, told the newspaper they remember seeing a tank of some sort in the room and that the cause of death was relatively common.

In a room at a Rochester hotel used nearly exclusively by Mayo Clinic patients and relatives, Peter W. Smith, 81, left a carefully prepared file of documents, which includes a statement police called a suicide note in which he said he was in ill health and a life insurance policy was expiring. He also led private equity firms for more than 40 years.

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