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Clayton police find no evidence of a whispering campaign against Tom Schweich

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Clayton police say they can find no evidence to suggest that a whispering campaign existed that former state Auditor Tom Schweich was Jewish.

“There’s nothing to indicate a clear motive,” said Detective Lt. Don Bass told KMOX Radio in St. Louis.

Detectives have combed through Schweich’s computer and smart phone files and conducted interviews. The result: nothing.

“With everything that was brought to our attention, there’s no substance to the whispering campaign,” Bass said.

The new chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, John Hancock, has faced ongoing criticism that he was the source of that whispering campaign as Schweich mounted his campaign for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in 2016.

Hancock has repeatedly denied that and said no whispering campaign existed.

Some Republicans have called for Hancock to resign.

Bass declined to say whether Schweich was taking any prescription medications that might have contributed to his death. He said toxicology tests could take several weeks to complete.