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Two Republican lawmakers recently claimed that a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower during the Obama administration didn’t commit suicide. Philip Haney, 66, died last month while police ruled that the cause of death was likely a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound.
GOP Reps. Steve King of Iowa and Louie Gohmert of Texas both alleged that Haney didn’t commit suicide in speeches on the House floor last week.
The article goes on to state the following:
“I’m standing on the floor here saying, Madame Speaker, I don’t believe that Phil Haney committed suicide,” King said, according to the Daily Beast. “I expect that we’re going to get a thorough investigation. The evidence that is coming to me indicates that he was murdered.”
King stated that Haney had often said, “I would never commit suicide.”
In their report, the Daily Beast accused King and Gohmert of pushing a “conspiracy theory” that Haney’s death may have been the result of a political hit job, “even though law officials say it was a “self-inflicted” gunshot wound.”
The Daily Beast mocked King’s and Gohmert’s speeches on the House floor as “bizarre” and wrote, “Haney’s death set off fevered speculation on the pro-Trump internet about a “deep state” conspiracy meant to silence Haney. That it was picked up by members of Congress and then spread on the floor of the House of Representatives illustrates the degree to which those online fever swamps have permeated the highest levels of political life.”
The Amador County Sheriff’s Office did originally claim that Haney’s death appeared to be from a “self-inflicted” gunshot wound. However, days later, the sheriff’s office backtracked on the suicide claim, stating that report was ‘misinformation’ and said they have asked the FBI to assist them in investigating Haney’s death.
WATCH Rep. Steve King’s remarks in the video below:
Rep. Louie Gohmert said he had been concerned about Haney’s safety. “We had a mutual pact. It said: Either one of us ended up committing suicide, then the other is going to make sure that the truth wins out.”
Martin Ryan, Amador County Sheriff/Coroner, spoke out on February 26 and confirmed that the FBI is assisting with the investigation into Haney’s death. WATCH his remarks in the video below:
Daily Beast editor Molly Jong-Fast tweeted, “Nice to see Louie Gohmert is still the dumbest.”
Nice to see Louie Gohmert is still the dumbest. https://t.co/5lEku6UZQR
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) March 6, 2020
The first statement released by the Amador County Sheriff’s Office said Philip Haney’s death was an apparent suicide.
— Earl Shay (@EarlShayOFAGa) February 25, 2020
Police ruled Philip Haney, a DHS whistleblower under @BarackObama, likely died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.@SteveKingIA and @RepLouieGohmert believe he did not commit suicide.https://t.co/SgNvjz41fi
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 7, 2020
Amador County, #California Sheriff’s Office backtracking on reports that Philip Haney death was a suicide:
— Michael Johns (@michaeljohns) February 25, 2020
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