Two Republican lawmakers have spoken out to sound the alarm about the death of Philip Haney, a former whistleblower of Barack Obama’s Department of Homeland Security who they say was murdered.
Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Steve King (R-IA) each gave speeches on the House floor to refute claims that Haney committed suicide.
“I’m standing on the floor here saying, Madame Speaker, I don’t believe that Phil Haney committed suicide,” King said, according to . “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 continued, adding that he had been close friends with Haney.
Gohmert also said that he was friends with Haney, saying that they 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 Gohmert and King said that Haney always kept a thumb-drive around his neck that contained a cache of highly sensitive documents related to claims that the U.S. government could have prevented domestic terrorist attacks by Islamic extremist terrorists. It is not known at this time what happened to the thumb drive.
Back in June of 2016, Haney acted as a whistleblower, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Obama’s DHS. He testified that he was forced by the government to delete a trove of documents on people connected to Islamic terrorism.
Haney was found dead on the side of the road 40 miles east of Sacramento, California last month. Initially, police said that Haney died of “a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound,” but they later backtracked on this, calling the first 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 a follow up statement.
The FBI has since been brought in to assist with investigating Haney’s death.