(USA Features) A pair of Republican congressman went on record late last month saying they doubted that an Obama-era Homeland Security whistleblower committed suicide and believe instead that he was murdered.
In little-covered speeches on the floor of the House Feb. 28, GOP Reps. Louie Gohmert (Texas) and Steve King (Iowa) both said they were good friends with former DHS official Phillip Haney, who was discovered dead on the side of the road 40 miles east of Sacramento February 21.
Haney testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2016 that he was forced to delete a trove of documents on people connected to Islamic terrorism, intimating that the decision made above him was politically motivated.
“I’m standing on the floor here saying, Madame Speaker, I don’t believe that Phil Haney committed suicide,” King said. “I expect that we’re going to get a thorough investigation. The evidence that is coming to me indicates that he was murdered.
“Phil often said, ‘I would never commit suicide,'” King added.
In his own speech, Gohmert noted that he and Haney had made a “mutual pact.”
“I’d been concerned about his safety, with all the information he knew and people who could’ve gotten in trouble.” Gohmert said. “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.”
Both lawmakers claimed that Haney always kept a thumb drive around his neck that allegedly contained a cache of highly sensitive documents related to allegations that the Obama administration could have prevented domestic terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists. It’s not clear what happened to the thumb drive or if there even was one.
Other reports claimed that Haney was in talks with officials about returning to DHS.
Police at first said that Haney died from a “a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound,” but later called the statement “misinformation.”
“Unfortunately, there was misinformation immediately put out that we have determined Mr. Haney’s death to be a suicide. This is not the case. We are currently in the beginning phase of our investigation and any final determination as to the cause and manner of Mr. Haney’s death would be extremely premature and inappropriate,” the Amador County Sheriff’s Office said in an updated statement.
Last week, the Justice Department Inspector General’s office released a report critical the FBI for failing to follow up on a series of domestic terror attacks after identifying a number of Islamic extremists who would later carry out acts of violence that led to the deaths of more than 100 Americans.