As Donald Trump Jr.’s admitted attempt at colluding with the Russian government to rig the election remains the center of focus, it was almost too easy to forget that Republican operative Peter W. Smith was revealed weeks ago as having tried to do the same thing before his death. Yesterday, Smith came back into focus when it was revealed that according to official records, he committed suicide just ten days after confessing. If you think that sounds suspicious, you’re in good company.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Peter W. Smith left a suicide note that said things like “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER” in all capital letters, while listing his failing health and an expiring life insurance policy as his reasoning for taking his own life (link). But that didn’t sit right with a lot of people. Shane Harris, who interviewed Smith for the Wall Street Journal just before his death, tweeted that “When I spoke to Peter Smith I had no indication that he was ill or planning to take his own life.” (link). This led Congressman Ted Lieu to get involved.
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.
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