Philip Haney, a former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official who became a whistleblower during the Obama administration, recently died from a gunshot wound under mysterious circumstances, and there is an ongoing debate as to whether he committed suicide or was murdered.
The Washington Examiner reported that there are at least two Republican members of Congress who have let it be known publicly that they fall into the category of those who believe Haney was killed to prevent him from speaking out any further on what he knew.
Suspicions surround whistleblower’s death
The two GOP congressmen who have raised concerns are Louie Gohmert of Texas and Steve King of Iowa, both of whom had developed relationships with Haney over the years and expressed their misgivings about his untimely death in speeches delivered on the House floor.
While serving in the Obama administration’s DHS, Haney came forward and blew the whistle on what he claimed were orders from senior officials to delete hundreds of files compiled on individuals with ties to known Islamist terrorist organizations.
Haney argued that the deletion of the files had essentially blinded law enforcement authorities to the possible risks those individuals posed and quite likely allowed terror attacks to occur that otherwise might have been prevented if the information had still been accessible, and the suspected jihadists had been under approriate surveillance.
Gohmert and King speak out
The Daily Beast sought to dismiss any speculation about Haney’s death as “conspiracy theory” and reported that the whistleblower died by “self-inflicted” suicide — even as the media outlet also noted that the Amador County Sheriff’s Office in California where the death occurred had yet to officially rule on the cause of Haney’s death. Gohmert and King, however, took to the House floor on Feb. 28 to offer a different take.
“I’m standing on the floor here saying, Madame Speaker, I don’t believe that Phil Haney committed suicide,” King said in his speech. “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,'” the Iowa Republican noted. King later pointed out that Haney had kept a thumb drive of critical information on a lanyard around his neck for safekeeping, and added, “He was concerned then that he would be a target by people.”
As for Gohmert, he said in his remarks, “I’d been concerned about his safety, with all the information he knew and people who could’ve gotten in trouble.” The Texas Republican added, “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.”
Glenn Beck demands answers
The Daily Beast did note that the two congressmen weren’t the only prominent voices to raise suspicions about Haney’s death, as TheBlaze’s Glenn Beck also expressed his concerns about what really ended the life of the whistleblower, who was reportedly preparing to come forward yet again with more information that he learned on his own about the very subject on which he had previously spoken.
“No man who speaks like Philip Haney did goes off and kills himself,” Beck said on his program. “I’d like to ask the police that found his body and deemed it a suicide if he had a thumb drive around his neck.”
Whether we ever learn for certain if Haney killed himself or was murdered by others remains to be seen, but if folks like Gohmert, King, and Beck continue to shine a light on the matter and demand answers, perhaps the odds will increase that the truth will ultimately be revealed.