The 45 year-old television journalist who broke the story about a secret meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch on a tarmac in Arizona back in 2016 has been found dead in an apparent suicide.
Police were called on Saturday morning at 8:13 AM to a home in Hoover, Alabama about a person down, according to Daily Mail. When they arrived on the scene, officers found the body of Christopher Sign, a former University of Alabama football player and veteran broadcast journalist with Birmingham’s ABC TV affiliate WBMA-LD. His death is reportedly being investigated as a suicide.
It was Sign who broke the story in 2016 about Clinton meeting with Lynch on her private jet at Phoenix Airport. It was believed that their discussion was about an ongoing investigation into whether Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while Secretary of State was illegal. Both Clinton and Lynch tried to portray the conversation as just a friendly chat, but eyebrows were raised when just a few days later, the FBI chose not to bring criminal charges against Hillary, who was in the midst of her presidential campaign.
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The investigation was reopened less than two weeks before the 2016 presidential election after emails were found on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, the former congressman and husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Then-FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to Congress in late October announcing that the probe had been reopened, and it was later closed just two days before the election. Hillary ended up losing the election to Trump, with some believing that the timing of Comey’s letter to Congress may have cost her the presidency.
Sign had been working as an anchor on the local news station ABC 33/40 in Birmingham since 2017.
“Our deepest sympathy is shared with Chris’s loving family and close friends,” said Sinclair Broadcast Group Vice President and General Manager Eric S. Land. “We have lost a revered colleague whose indelible imprint will serve forever as a hallmark of decency, honesty and journalist integrity. We can only hope to carry on Chris’s legacy. May his memory be for blessing.”