Reporter Who Broke Bill Clinton-Loretta Lynch Tarmac Story Found Dead in His Alabama Home, Suicide Suspected
“Hoover police Lt. Keith Czeskleba said the death is being investigated as a suicide.”
ABC 33/40 news anchor Christopher Sign, the reporter who broke the June 2016 story about the secret meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch on a Phoenix tarmac, was found dead in his Alabama home Saturday morning.
According to AL.com, police suspect it was a suicide:
Veteran TV newsman and former University of Alabama football player Christopher Sign died Saturday morning in an apparent suicide, according to police.
At 8:13 a.m. Saturday, the Hoover 911 center received a call of a person down at a residence on Scout Trace. Hoover police and fire personnel arrived to find the 45-year-old Sign dead.
Hoover police Lt. Keith Czeskleba said the death is being investigated as a suicide.
People who worked with Sign over the years during his reporting days at KNXV-TV Phoenix and ABC 33/40 Alabama were understandably shocked and saddened by the news:
I can’t believe we have an article with this title. It doesn’t feel real. We were in the office together last night cutting up like we always do.
I don’t understand why. I can’t talk about you in the past tense. The grief today is unbearable.https://t.co/iL3vFvG4DS
— Jamie Hale (@JamieHaleSports) June 12, 2021
— Stephen Quinn (@StephenQ3340) June 12, 2021
My last messages with Chris. 💔 pic.twitter.com/kAXzRpxryr
— Lauren Peikoff (@laurenpeikoff) June 13, 2021
I didn’t know Christopher Sign but I have his old work cell phone.
I get texts, calls often from people thinking it’s him.
Today I received a text from someone goodbye to him. 😭
My condolences to his family, those who knew him. 🙏🏼 https://t.co/bygyQ0La6A
— Nicole Grigg (@NicoleSGrigg) June 13, 2021
Sign, who worked in Phoenix for 11 years before returning to ABC 33/40 in 2017, wrote a book that was released in January 2020 which included more details about the Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting:
Now Available – > The real story inside the secret #TarmacMeeting – #journalism, #politics, #football friendships, sabotage & EVERYTHING MY SOURCE SAW – NEW questions & testimony that doesn't add up – #SecretOnTheTarmac click here -> https://t.co/zDAkQU6fDs pic.twitter.com/HkkPoyNxQm
— Christopher Sign (@ChristopherSign) January 29, 2020
The promotional write-up on his website about the book alluded to why it was so important that the full story be told:
No cameras, no microphones, no prying eyes and plenty of security. The setting for a clandestine meeting could not have been better. Former President Bill Clinton exited Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s private plane 20-minutes after he boarded. Both thought they got away with it. Both were wrong. Amid a heated Presidential race, federal investigations involving emails and Benghazi and society looking for clarity on the future of the country, the secret tarmac meeting would only complicate things. The secret meeting would have never been revealed if it weren’t for a veteran journalist and a trusted source.
He appeared on Fox News a month after the book’s release and talked about the death threats his family received as a result of him writing the story and book, noting that his three children had code words to use:
“Well, my family received significant death threats shortly after breaking this story. Credit cards hacked. You know, my children, we have code words. We have secret code words that they know what to do.”
Christopher Sign went on Fox recently about the death threats he received after breaking the Clinton tarmac story pic.twitter.com/IbXYnl1LgK
— Jewish Deplorable (@TrumpJew2) June 13, 2021
Because numerous people associated with the Clintons including Jeffrey Epstein have been found dead over the years in what local authorities determined were suicides, some Twitter users weighed in with skepticism over what police are saying was the cause of Sign’s death:
Christopher Sign, Birmingham TV anchor and former Alabama football player, dead in apparent suicide
Just the reporter who broke the Bill Clinton/Loretta Lynch secret tarmac meeting.
Nothing to see here. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence. https://t.co/nSLQRRXNyi
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) June 13, 2021
No way this guy Christopher Sign, who was a successful author, who wrote about the Clinton tarmac meeting just up and committed suicide. I’m not a conspiracy person but this is weird. Too weird. pic.twitter.com/M598lpm1rp
— Bönä Fïdë S!ïm Lö (@BonaFideSlimLo) June 13, 2021
Three deadliest jobs in the world …
3) Highway Construction Worker.
2) Alaska Crab Fisherman.
1) Having Dirt on the Clintons.
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) June 13, 2021
Sooooo Christopher Sign – the Birmingham guy who reported the Clinton tarmac meeting story, committed suicide today. Very sad for his family but also….nvm.
— Amanda Head (@AmandaHead) June 13, 2021
During that Fox News interview last year, Sign talked about what his source saw during the day the infamous Clinton-Lynch meeting took place, and also rhetorically asked why more reporters weren’t curious about what happened:
He said that his source who was there outlined that when Clinton arrived at the airport, he was waiting for Lynch.
“He then sat and waited in his car with the motorcade, her airstairs come down, most of her staff gets off, he then gets on as the Secret Service and FBI are figuring out ‘How in the world are we supposed to handle this? What are we supposed to do?’” Sign said.
“As journalists, you have to ask yourself, why are people not delving into this? Why are we not looking into what exactly happened?”
“This story isn’t about right or left, Republican or Democrat, it’s about right and wrong and journalism.”
As noted earlier, Sign had three sons. He is also survived by his wife Laura.
— The Lifeline (@800273TALK) June 12, 2021
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