Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Republican Operative Takes Own Life In Rochester

Republican Operative Takes Own Life In Rochester

Flynn, who was sacked in February just weeks after starting in his role as national security adviser to Trump and making misleading comments about his conversations with Russia's USA ambassador, has not commented on Smith's search for Clinton's e-mails, or any involvement Flynn himself may have had with Smith in the process.

Smith, 81, left a file of documents in the Rochester, Minnesota room where he died, including what police described as a suicide note, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Emails obtained by the Journal indicate that Smith and his team believed that Flynn and Flynn's consulting company were assisting their effort. Tait also said that Smith "never expressed to me any discomfort with the possibility that the emails he was seeking were potentially from a Russian front, a likelihood he was happy to acknowledge". Trump campaign officials have said that if Flynn was involved in Smith's e-mail search at all, it wasn't in his capacity as a Trump campaign adviser.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal just days before his death in May, Smith implied he was working with retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn ― who briefly served as Trump's national security adviser before resigning in February ― on the research.

Smith told the Journal that five teams of hackers, at least two of whom were Russian, claimed to have Clinton's emails.

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Clinton turned over roughly 30,000 emails she said were work related to the State Department, but deleted about 33,000 others she said were personal.

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

The Tribune reports that he'd written to the authorities that there was "NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER" involving the death, and the police do not believe otherwise. Smith was found with a bag over his head and a helium source attached.

A suicide note left by Smith states that "NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER" was involved and that he had made a decision to take his own life due to health troubles and the fear of a health insurance policy expiring, according to the Tribune report.

Smith spent much of his life as a prominent opposition researcher for the Republican party. He also led private equity firms for more than 40 years. Smith's didn't seek out to complete this mission on his own.

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