JOURNALIST Christopher Sign revealed he and his family received death threats after he broke the news of the 2016 secret "tarmac meeting" involving Bill Clinton and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
The Alabama TV anchor, 45, was found dead at his home in Hoover on Saturday and cops are investigating his death as a suicide.
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Sign, a former University of Alabama football player, penned a book about a secret tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch in June 2016.
It’s reported that the meeting took place on a private jet at Phoenix airport amid the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
The book "Secret on the Tarmac" was published in 2019.
The journalist told Fox News in February last year that he and his family received death threats and his credit cards were hacked.
He said: “My family received significant death threats shortly after breaking this story.”
Sign revealed that he and his wife had given their children “secret code words” in case something happened to them.
Clinton and Lynch claimed it was a "friendly" chat, centered around their grandchildren.
But, it took place days before the FBI decided it would not recommend criminal charges against Hillary.
The meeting sparked suspicions about whether Bill was lobbying her on behalf of his wife – at the time a presidential candidate.
Sign said the get-together "was a planned meeting, it was not a coincidence".
He said: [Secret on the Tarmac] "details everything that they don’t want you to know and everything they think you forgot.
"But Bill Clinton was on that plane for 20 minutes and it wasn’t just about golf, grandkids, and Brexit. There's so much that doesn’t add up."
Sign's source told him that Clinton had arrived at the airport, and he was waiting for Lynch.
The journalist said: “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?’”
Lynch testified before the House Oversight Committee in 2018.
Sign said: "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."
But Bill rejected the journalist's claims and said that he was "offended" over allegations of misconduct regarding the airport meeting.
Clinton told investigators, according to a 2018 report released by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz: “I thought, you know, I don’t know whether I’m more offended that they think I’m crooked or that they think I’m stupid.”
The ABC 33/40 newsman was found dead at his home at around 8am on Saturday and the news network released a statement mourning the loss of their colleague.
It read: “To know Chris was to love Chris. His family was the single most important thing in his life which is why he ended up returning to ABC 33/40 four years ago."
The veteran anchor worked as a reporter in Montgomery and Midland/Odessa, Texas, Birmingham, and Phoenix.
He returned to ABC 33/40 in 2017 after turning down an opportunity to work at a major news network so he could spend more time with his family.
The outlet said: "What most people don't know is Chris turned down an opportunity to work for one of the national networks to come to ABC 33/40, and he made that decision because of his family.
"That decision put him in a place where he could see his boys off to school in the mornings, watch them play baseball in the evenings, and take them fishing on the weekends."
The former college footballer played for the University of Alabama under Coach Gene Stallings in the 1990s, the outlet reported.
Sign won several awards for his journalistic work throughout the years.
In 2014, he got an Emmy Award for breaking news for his coverage of the shootings of two Phoenix police officers.
In 2016, he earned an Edward Murrow Award for spot news for his coverage of the search for the "Baseline Killer" and "Serial Shooter" in Phoenix.
He and his wife, Laura, met while attending the University of Alabama and went on to marry and have three sons.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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