The man who blew the whistle on former President Trump’s business dealings was found dead at forty-five, giving conspiracy theorists plenty of material to explain why someone connected to the investigation would die. A cleaning crew discovered Valentin Broeksmit’s body on a Los Angeles high school campus Monday morning.
The Los Angeles Coroner’s office reported that the Trump informant was found dead of an “undetermined death” at Woodrow Wilson High School. As of Wednesday, Alba Mendez, public information officer for the Los Angeles County Police Department told Daily Mail that their investigation is still ongoing – although the whistleblower had a known issue with drugs.
The order for an autopsy on Broeksmit comes as authorities are struggling to understand why his body would be found at a high school in Los Angeles, despite him having no connection to the educational institution.
Besides the work he did in revealing Trump’s wrongdoings, Broeksmit also worked as a film producer. He described himself as a “comically terrible spy” due to the whistleblowing work he did for the bank. People hadn’t seen him since April 2021; however, even though he was a recluse, he remained active on Twitter–former President Trump’s favorite social media outlet at one point.
David Enrich, a New York Times reporter, stated that Broeksmit had given him documents in 2019 containing details about the Deutsche Bank probe. When the House Intelligence Committee investigate Trump’s possibly illegal activities, they summoned Broeksmit to provide testimony on what he had discovered.
The last time journalist Scott Stedman of Forensic News had seen the whistleblower was, according to his Twitter account explanation.
“He supplied me and other journalists with Deutsche Bank documents that highlighted the bank’s deep Russian connection,” said Stedman. “I don’t suspect foul play. Val struggled with drugs on and off.”
According to a report from ABC10 News, Broeksmit’s stepfather, William, took his own life in 2014 after serving as an executive with Deutsche Bank.
Stedman said that Broeksmit’s stepfather’s suicide was a continuous source of pain for him, and “consumed Val in recent years.” He continued, “To see his life end so short is incredibly depressing.”
David Enrich, New York Times reporter, said “this is terrible news” when the death of the man was first reported. He identified Broeksmit as a source he has had for a long time and the main character in the book he is currently writing entitled “Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump and an Epic Trail of Destruction.”
Enrich confessed that Broeksmit battled with drugs and would often stretch the truth to make a good story better. He also had a habit of coming up with “far-fetched theories.”
Enrich stated, “We had a complicated relationship, but this is just devastating to hear.”