The body of a missing State Department official, and Hillary Clinton associate, has been recovered from the Potomac River in the District of Columbia following his mysterious disappearance.
Diplomatic Security Special Agent Kurt Smolek, 45, had been declared a “critical missing person” by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department earlier this week. Smolek was last seen on August 28, 2017, at approximately 10 pm, in the 600 Block of Water Street, Southwest, Washington, according to a Missing Person report by the DC Metropolitan Police Department.
“He was last seen wearing a blue oxford shirt and khaki pants,” read the report. “Kurt was last seen operating a gray 2011 GMC Terrain SUV, bearing Virginia tags XGG6532 with tinted windows.”
This news comes shortly after the suspicious death of a GOP financier who was also connected to the Clintons. Peter W. Smith was one of Donald Trump’s major sponsors who was found dead in a Chicago hotel just 10 days after the Wall Street Journal revealed that he was attempting to obtain Hillary Clinton’s missing emails from hackers. READ MORE: Trump Donor Who Tried to Obtain Hillary Clinton’s Hacked Emails Found Dead Mr. Smith died of suffocation in a room at the Rochester Hotel and was found with a suicide note that said, “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER”, according to police records.
As Diplomatic Security Services of the Department of State, Mr. Smolek was tasked with global responsibilities, including the safeguarding of American diplomatic personnel, property, and classified information. DSS also has jurisdiction over classified communications, such as secure email and other platforms used by State Department officials.
Kurt Smolek is the latest in a long line of people connected to the Clintons that died in suspicious circumstances.
In July, a key witness in the trial against the Bill and Hillary Clinton’s charitable foundation for corruption and malpractice was found dead in a Miami hotel room. READ MORE: Witness Due to Testify Against The Clinton Foundation Found Dead Florida police ruled the death of Klaus Eberwein, a former Haitian government official, as a suicide after he died of a gunshot wound to the back of his head. The ruling that he took his own life was made despite reports that Eberwein, 50, had told acquaintances that he feared for his life for his fierce criticism of the Clinton Foundation. His family and close friends also stated that he was in “good spirits” and was “looking to the future” and say they are “shocked” to learn of his death.
Condolences have emerged online for Smolek’s sudden passing, one of which is attributed to Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Assistant Director for International Programs Christian Schurman, that read: “It is with great sadness that I share with you the news of the death of Diplomatic Security Special Agent Kurt Smolek. “Kurt was found deceased today and the DS [Diplomatic Security agency] is working closely with local authorities to investigate the circumstances of his death. “Please keep the Smolek family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. “Christian Schurman.”
According to a State Department bio for Christian J. Schurman: “Christian J. Schurman was named Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Assistant Director for International Programs on September 15, 2014. “Mr. Schurman is responsible for evaluating, managing, and mitigating security threats to, as well as the direction of resources for, more than 240 diplomatic posts within the International Programs Directorate.
“A Diplomatic Security (DS) Special Agent since 1987, Mr. Schurman was promoted to the rank of Minister Counselor in April 2014.” The Department of State website has no official mention of Kurt Smolek, and any searches for information about him prove fruitless. On Facebook, a post by Beverly Santicola read as follows: “Please pray for my cousins and Uncle Emil as Kurt Smolek died in a tragic accident this week. “He was a husband, dad, son, brother and grandson to them and they are dealing with a lot of shock, grief and pain. This photo was taken in happier times. “Kurt is the one in the red during a trip to Vietnam when he was on assignment there. “His mom and dad are in the front. Kurt’s dad Don is my first cousin. Words cannot convey my sadness and grief.”