John Ashe was an interesting man. He was a UN ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda and had been the head of the UN General assembly. He was also facing criminal charges in a federal bribery case in the U. S.
His death was initially called a heart attack.
The most interesting part of John Ashe’s life had nothing to do with the UN, rather it was his involvement with a Chinese businessman in the 90s that is the real eyebrow raiser. Ashe was involved with a Chinese businessman who managed to divert hundreds of thousands of dollars – illegally – into the Democratic National Committee during Bill Clinton’s first run for the presidency. He was never charged. As a matter of fact the whole affair was swept under the rug by Bill Clinton’s Justice Department.
Ashe was due in court to face bribery charges on the Monday after he died. It’s not known if he was trying to cut a deal with federal prosecutors to give up information about the Clinton’s Chinese money connection, but what we do know is that the initial diagnosis of a heart attack was wrong. Ashe died when a weight lifting bar fell on his neck while he was doing bench presses.
I know lots of people who lift weights. I don’t know anybody who does bench presses all by themselves with no spotter. There are lots of machines that will let you do bench presses safely, heavy weights on a free bar is an invitation to end up like John Ashe. Dead.
Is his death suspicious, I don’t know I suppose we could ask Vince Foster.
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