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

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. 

News of Sign’s death, which is being investigated by police as a suicide, was reported by 

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

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

Since 2017, Sign has been an anchor on the local news station ABC 33/40 in Birmingham.

‘Our deepest sympathy is shared with Chris’s loving family and close friends,’ said Sinclair Broadcast Group Vice President and General Manager Eric S. Land.

‘We have lost a revered colleague whose indelible imprint will serve forever as a hallmark of decency, honesty and journalist integrity. 

‘We can only hope to carry on Chris’s legacy. May his memory be for blessing.’

Before returning to Alabama to become an anchor, he was a local ABC 15 TV Arizona reporter when he broke the stunning story of the tarmac meeting in June 2016.

Sign 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. 

If you or someone you know is suffering from suicidal ideation, call the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255. 

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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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