Who is Valentin Broeksmit? (Wiki, Age, Biography)
A Whistleblower linked to an FBI investigation into former President Donald Trump’s ties to Deutsche Bank was found dead on Monday, according to multiple reports.
The body of 46-year-old Valentin Broeksmit was found on the grounds of Woodrow Wilson High School in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Los Angeles Police Department reported him missing more than a year ago and he appeared to be homeless at the time of his death, the Sgt newspaper reported. This was stated by Rudy Perez of the Los Angeles School Police Department.
The cause of death was not listed in the coroner’s report, which said his case was “adjourned pending further investigation”. Valentin, the son of a senior Deutsche Bank official, suggested that the FBI turn over the company’s confidential documents, according to a 2019 New York Times article by journalist David Enrich.
According to the newspaper, Broeksmit Jr. met with FBI investigators while they were investigating Trump’s dealings with the bank.
In addition to sharing the documents with several reporters, he sold a whole bunch of documents to Fusion GPS, the company that had previously produced the infamous “Steele dossier,” according to The Times.
Neither the FBI nor Fusion GPS immediately responded to Insider’s requests for comment. Deutsche Bank declined to comment. The House Intelligence Committee also subpoenaed Broeksmit to obtain documents relating to his investigation into Trump and Deutsche Bank, according to the Times.
About Valentin Broeksmit’s father
Valentin Broeksmit’s father, William, committed suicide in 2014, leaving behind several notes, Reuters reported at the time. The Times later reported that Broeksmit Sr. was wracked with guilt for what he believed to be wrongly attributing the behavior of some Deutsche Bank traders to a healthy medical condition.
After William’s death, Valentin gained access to his email, which “only people in Deutsche’s inner circle could see,” an unnamed FBI agent was quoted as saying in a Times profile.
Tweets after Valentin Broeksmit’s death
Investigative reporter Scott Steadman tweeted about Valentin’s death on Tuesday, calling him a friend who “provided me and other journalists with Deutsche Bank documents that highlighted the bank’s deep ties to Russia.”
He said that Broeksmit “struggled with drugs from time to time”, a characterization underlined by the many descriptions of drug use in the Times profile.
Emphasizing that he was unaware of foul play, Steadman tweeted, “Everyone should stop the conspiracy theories about Valentin.”
Enrich, the journalist who wrote the Times profile, also tweeted about Broeksmit’s death, “This is terrible news. Valentin was my longtime source and the main character of my book. We had a difficult relationship, but it’s just devastating to hear.”