A man who gave bank records to a company linked to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign was found dead Monday.
The body of Valentin Broeksmit, 46, was discovered at Woodrow Wilson High School in El Sereno, around 7 a.m., LAPD Sgt. Rudy Perez reportedly told NBC News.
The coroner has not indicated a cause of death, the report noted, adding law enforcement reportedly does not suspect foul play, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a LAPD captain.
David Enrich, of The New York Times wrote a 2019 narrative portraying Broeksmit as a whistleblower with incriminating information about Deutsche Bank. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents interviewed him extensively for information about — among other things — the bank’s dealings with former President Donald Trump.
Broeksmit was the son of a Deutsche Bank executive who reportedly committed suicide in 2014. Later in 2019, he informed reporters that he had emails of his late father, adding “I informed the FBI” about several of Deutsche Bank’s loans to Trump.
The banker’s son allegedly provided documents to Fusion GPS — a company hired by a 2016 Clinton campaign law firm. Fusion GPS is known for hiring former British spy Christopher Steele, author of the discredited “Steele dossier” against Trump days after Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump, rumors of ties between her opponent and the Russian Federation began appearing frequently in mainstream media reports. A special prosecutor was later named to exhaustively investigate the claim. The prosecutor, Robert Mueller, reportedly found no evidence that Trump or his campaign colluded with Russian officials.
Near the end of the 45th president’s term, Attorney General William Barr appointed John Durham as a special prosecutor to probe the circumstances that led to the government’s investigation of Trump.
Durham, in September 2021, indicted Michael A. Sussmann, 57, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney, for allegedly making a false statement to the FBI on Sept. 19, 2016. The special prosecutor alleged that Sussmann lied about information given to the FBI related to an alleged secret channel of communications between the Trump organization and a Russian bank by saying he was not giving them the information on behalf of a client.
“In fact, Sussmann assembled and conveyed the allegations to the FBI on behalf of at least two clients, including a U.S. technology executive and the Clinton Presidential Campaign,” Durham claimed in a statement.
Sussmann’s trial is scheduled to begin May 16.
One person who will not be called to testify against Sussman: Valentin Broeksmit.