Michael Hastings, the US-based lawyer who has been at the center of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, has died at the age of 55.
Hastings, who worked at the law firm of Gibson Dunn in Washington, DC, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his family confirmed to Newsweek.
Hastings was known for defending clients who were being investigated by the FBI, and he had argued against the FBI on behalf of former Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
He also represented the family of US journalist Steven Sotloff, who was fatally shot in the face while filming an undercover sting operation.
Hastings’s death is the second time in three months that a former colleague has died after an investigation.
On February 27, former DOJ official and FBI whistle-blower John Carlin, who had worked on an investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was found dead in his home in the small town of Boca Raton, Florida.
Hastings had been working on a case against Carlin for several years.
In October of last year, the Washington Post reported that Carlin had written a scathing memo accusing former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch of having a conflict of interest.
Hastings’ case also drew scrutiny from the FBI after it was revealed that a friend of Hastings had also provided him with classified information in the course of the investigation.
Hastings has been the subject of intense scrutiny by the American public in recent months.
On August 14, the Wall Street Journal published an exclusive report on a dossier of alleged allegations of sexual harassment and assault by Hastings.
On May 8, the Hill reported that Hastings had written an article accusing Clinton of trying to “sabotage his career” in an effort to derail his prosecution for violating the Espionage Act in 2016.
On January 6, Hastings, a former US Army intelligence officer and lawyer, was indicted by a grand jury in Washington DC for allegedly giving classified information to Wikileaks.
The indictment charges that Hastings provided confidential information to a Russian intelligence agency in exchange for millions of dollars.
The Washington Post also reported that in 2016, Hastings had made an explosive claim about Clinton’s health: He claimed that she had pneumonia, which she had been diagnosed with at the time.
In response to the news of his death, Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, released a statement saying, “The news of Michael Hastings death is a sad reminder that we can’t afford to have another one of those days where people with such deep connections to the White House, who are also deeply flawed individuals, are found dead.”
The New York Times reported that former FBI director James Comey said that he did not believe that the bureau was investigating Hastings.
Comey added that “it’s important to note that we have a clear understanding of his motives, but it’s not clear how we got to that point.”
It’s possible that the special counsel will not be appointed to investigate Mr. Clinton and Mr. Comey said there was no reason to believe that there was a leak of classified information.” “
Mr. Comey did not say that he believed that Mr, Hastings intended on issuing a public plea.
It’s possible that the special counsel will not be appointed to investigate Mr. Clinton and Mr. Comey said there was no reason to believe that there was a leak of classified information.”
Hastings’ death comes just a day after FBI Director Christopher Wray resigned amid revelations that the agency had leaked classified information about Trump’s wiretapping claims to the media.