A federal informant, Val Broeksmit, who worked with federal authorities investigating links between former President Donald Trump and Deutsche Bank was found dead in Los Angeles on Monday, officials said.
Val Broeksmit was the son of a Deutsche Bank executive who died via suicide in 2014.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said Val Broeksmit was pronounced dead at 7 a.m., Sgt. Rudy Perez of the Los Angeles School Police Department told local media. Los Angeles Police Captain Kenneth Cabrera told the Los Angeles Times that officials don’t suspect foul play in his death.
Perez added that it appears that Broeksmit, 46, was homeless. The coroner’s office did not elaborate on his cause of death, according to local outlets.
Val Broeksmit was last seen driving a red Mini Cooper in April 2021 on Riverside Drive, according to Los Angeles police. He was later reported missing by his relatives.
Broeksmit, whose father died by suicide in 2014, was the subject of a profile titled Me and My Whistle-Blower by Enrich published in 2019.
The report said the then-43-year-old assisted the FBI in investigating Deutsche Bank by providing the bureau with a trove of documents. He also spoke to and was subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee as it investigated former President Donald Trump‘s ties to the financial giant. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
Val Broeksmit, who was born in Ukraine, found the highly coveted documents two years ago among his father’s possessions after his death.
After sharing some of the documents with journalists and federal investigators, Val Broeksmit reportedly met Rep. Adam Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, through the musician Moby, whom he met at a party. At the time, Schiff was leading an investigation into Trump’s ties to Deutsche Bank.
Val Broeksmit reportedly demanded the committee pay him for the documents, but Schiff refused and instead ordered a subpoena for their possession. The FBI gave Broeksmit a “special advisory title” for his French girlfriend to obtain a U.S. visa in exchange for the documents.
Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank was the subject of congressional interest as investigators sought information related to his tax returns and whether he was compromised by the scandals surrounding the German financial giant.
Trump and his business, the Trump Organization, are being investigated by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Trump denies any wrongdoing and in February decried what he dubbed a “new phenomenon of ‘headhunting’ prosecutors and AGs.”
“I am more emotionally invested in this than anyone in the world,” Val Broeksmit was quoted saying. “I would love to be their special informer.”
Enrich described Val Broeksmit as “dreaming of becoming the next great American whistle-blower,” adding that he had dangled his Deutsche Bank files before the government and news outlets for over five years.
A 2019 New York Times report said that Broeksmit was the son of a Deutsche Bank executive who died via suicide in 2014. Later in 2019, Broeksmit told the Forensic News Network that he acquired emails of his late father, Bill Broeksmit, and said that “I informed the FBI” about several of Deutsche Bank’s loans to Trump.
While speaking to the outlet at the time, Broeksmit, who was born in Ukraine, said he spoke to the Department of Justice in 2016 and said, “I’m writing in hopes of speaking to someone at the DOJ in reference to the evidence I have showing major fraud at one of the World’s largest banks.”
Reports also indicated that Broeksmit allegedly provided documents to journalists and Fusion GPS. Fusion GPS was notably hired by a law firm that was hired by the Clinton campaign in 2016, which, in turn, hired former UK spy Christopher Steele to concoct the infamous and discredited “Steele dossier” against Trump.
Forensic News Network journalist Scott Stedman reacted to Broeksmit’s death, writing on Twitter: “I don’t suspect foul play. Val struggled with drugs on and off.”
Despite having been reported missing, Broeksmit’s Twitter verified account apparently remained active. Broeksmit appeared to have uploaded a photo of himself on April 5.
The U.S. House Intelligence Committee and Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) issued subpoenas to Broeksmit several times as the panel was targeting Trump during his presidency. Several years ago, Trump’s son, Eric Trump, said that Democrat lawmakers who were trying to obtain Trump’s Deutsche Bank records were abusing their power.
“This subpoena is an unprecedented abuse of power and simply the latest attempt by House Democrats to attack the President and our family for political gain,” he said at the time, while saying the actions “set a horrible precedent for all taxpayers.”
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