Journalist who broke Bill Clinton-Loretta Lynch tarmac story dies by suicide

ABC reporter, 45, who broke story of 2016 tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch dies in ‘apparent suicide’

  • Christopher Sign, 45, was found dead in his home in suburb of Birmingham 
  • Police said they received 911 phone call just before 8:15am on Saturday 
  • Investigators found Sign’s body when they arrived at his home in Hoover
  • Initial reports indicate that his death is being investigated as a suicide
  • In 2016, Sign broke story of tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton, Loretta Lynch
  • Ex-President Clinton met then-attorney general on tarmac of Phoenix airport
  • Lynch’s Justice Department was investigating Clinton’s wife, Hillary Clinton
  • Meeting forced Lynch to recuse herself from overseeing the investigation
  • Hillary Clinton was being investigated for use of a private email server for official communications during her tenure as secretary of state  
  • If you or someone you know is suffering from suicidal ideation, call the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255 

The 45-year-old television news man who was the first to report of a secret meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch that was held on her private jet on a tarmac in 2016 has died of an apparent suicide.

Police in Hoover, Alabama, said they received a 911 call at 8:13am on Saturday of a person down at a home on Scout Trace. 

First responders arrived at the home and found the body of Christopher Sign, a former University of Alabama football player and veteran broadcast journalist.

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Christopher Sign, who broke the 2016 story about Bill Clinton’s tarmac meeting with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, has died of an apparent suicide, according to authorities in Alabama

Bill Clinton

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch

In June 2016, Bill Clinton (left) met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch (right) on the tarmac at Phoenix Airport in what was brushed aside as an impromptu friendly chat

Bill Clinton approaching AG Lynch's jet on the tarmac at Phoenix airport in June 2016

Bill Clinton approaching AG Lynch’s jet on the tarmac at Phoenix airport in June 2016

Sign was a local ABC15 Arizona reporter when he broke the stunning story in June 2016.

He reported that former President Clinton had met with Lynch on her private jet at Phoenix Airport.

It was alleged that their conversation centered around an ongoing investigation into whether Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while Secretary of State was illegal.

Bill Clinton and Lynch would go on to portray it as an impromptu friendly chat. 

Days later, the FBI chose not to bring criminal charges against Hillary, who was in the midst of her presidential campaign. 

‘We knew something had occurred that was a bit unusual. It was a planned meeting. It was not a coincidence.’ Sign told Fox and Friends in February 2020 ahead of the release of his book Secret on the Tarmac

Donald Trump had tweeted at the time: ‘Does anybody really believe that Bill Clinton and the U.S.A.G. talked only about ‘grandkids’ and golf for 37 minutes in plane on tarmac?’

Sign said his source witnessed the rendezvous unfold from the moment Clinton arrived at the airport.

‘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 told Fox.

‘She mentioned that Bill Clinton flattered her, talked about Eric Holder, talked about how things were going at Justice, talked about her job performance, not this golf-grandkids, Brexit.’

Sign said his investigations into the tarmac meeting had led to numerous credible death threats. 

‘My family received significant death threats shortly after breaking this story,’ he told Fox. ‘Credit cards hacked. You know, my children, we have code words. We have secret code words that they know what to do.’

He added that his work had nothing to do with right or left-wing politics, but about what is right and wrong. 

In May last year, Sign told a Real Clear Investigations team: ‘To this day I have never found a single person who claims or corroborates any story that Bill Clinton played golf on this particular trip … I feel strongly the former president did not play golf on this visit.’

Hillary’s campaign was in full swing at this point and one might think Bill Clinton would be more involved in that than his golf swing on a 110-degree day in Phoenix.  


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