A new development in the case of a Homeland Security whistleblower found dead near a California highway has raised many questions.
Phillip Haney, an Obama-era Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official, was found dead from a single gunshot wound in what was subsequently ruled a suicide. Now, his pastor has come forward to say that Haney was in no way suicidal, One America News Network (OAN) reports.
“I do not believe that”
Phillip Haney worked in the Department of Homeland Security during the Obama administration, and he blew the whistle on the DHS’s order to scrub the files of individuals tied to terrorist groups.
He testified before the Senate in 2016 that had the administration not ordered him to delete those files, a number of terror attacks in the U.S. could have been prevented.
Haney was found dead on the side of a highway in Amador County, California in late February.
According to the Amador County Sheriff’s Department, suicide was the obvious answer. “Everything we saw on-scene is consistent with somebody putting a gun to themselves and pulling the trigger,” a police spokesperson said, according to CBS Sacramento.
Now, Haney’s pastor has come out to argue that suicide is the least likely cause. Haney’s pastor, Greg Young, explained the situation in an interview with The Epoch Times.
“No, I do not believe he was suicidal, I do not believe that,” Young said, according to OAN. “You have a man that was planning to get married, a man who was very devout in his Christian faith, a man who had a lot of incredible projects in the works.”
“He was murdered”
And Young isn’t the only one. Reps. Steve King (R-IA) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) both declared that Haney didn’t kill himself in speeches in the House in early March.
“I’m standing on the floor here saying, Madame Speaker, I don’t believe that Phil Haney committed suicide,” King said, according to the Washington Examiner. “I expect that we’re going to get a thorough investigation. The evidence that is coming to me indicates that he was murdered. Phil often said, ‘I would never commit suicide.'”
Though it’s unclear if these allegations are true, a healthy amount of skepticism is extremely necessary in this case. Everything we know so far in the case shows that Haney dying by suicide seems unlikely.
There is so much more to this story — and We The People deserve to know.