CHICAGO (AP) — A published report says a former private equity adviser and Republican operative who died soon after telling The Wall Street Journal he tried during the 2016 presidential election to obtain Hillary Clinton’s e-mails from Russian hackers killed himself.
The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday that according to death records from Olmsted County, Minnesota, 81-year-old Peter W. Smith killed himself in a hotel near the Mayo Clinic on May 14. The newspaper says a note from Smith found by police said he was taking his own life because of bad health and an expiring life insurance policy.READ MORE: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell Dies Of Complication From COVID-19
The note left by Smith states that “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER” was involved, according to the Tribune report.READ MORE: Australian Singer Clinton Kane Robbed At Gunpoint In San Francisco; 'They Had The Gun In My Face'
Smith’s death came about 10 days after the Journal said he granted an interview in which he claimed he tried to acquire e-mails missing from Clinton’s server.
Smith had lived in the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest. A former employee told the Tribune he thought Smith went to the Mayo Clinic for treatment of a heart condition.MORE NEWS: COVID: Dr. Anthony Fauci Says It's Safe To Trick Or Treat This Year
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