John Millis was Staff Director of the House Permanent Select Committee and on the Intelligence Committee. In 1996 and 1997 he was staff director of a special Congressional committee that investigated the Clinton administration’s approval of arms shipments from Iran to Muslim forces in Bosnia. He was named staff director of the House Intelligence Committee, the top staff position, in 1997. Millis had just helped the HPSCI complete it’s investigation into CIA cocaine smuggling.
On June 4, 2000, in Fairfax, Virginia police were tipped off by an anonymous phone call claiming that “a man” was threatening suicide in a motel room. Police arrived to find John Millis dead of a gunshot wound. The death was declared a suicide.