Yesterday, a private investigator in the Seth Rich murder case hired by the family of the slain DNC staffer filed a lawsuit against Fox5 news and GOP financier Ed Butowsky for misrepresenting statements he made in order to”shift the blame from Russia and help put to bed speculation that President Trump colluded with Russia…” because “that is the way the President wanted the article,” the suit alleges.
The plaintiff, former D.C. Police detective Rod Wheeler, also asserts that the Trump administration was directly involved with the story. Butowsky, who paid for Wheeler’s investigation on behalf of the Rich family, arranged a sit-down meeting with former Press Secretary Sean Spicer to brief him on Wheeler’s findings. While Spicer acknowledges the meeting, he told NPR that he only agreed to it as a favor.
Butowsky later boasted to Wheeler that President Trump had personally reviewed the Fox story prior to publication – a statement he now says was a joke.
“Rod Wheeler unfortunately was used as a pawn by Ed Butowsky, Fox News and the Trump administration to try and steer away the attention that was being given about the Russian hacking of the DNC emails,” -Douglas Wigdor, attorney for Rod Wheeler
Fox’s ‘Fabricated’ Quotes
Wheeler asserts that in order to kill the Russian hacking narrative, Fox and the Trump administration fabricated the following quotes for the article:
“My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and Wikileaks”
“My investigation shows someone within the DC government Democratic National Committee or Clinton team is blocking the murder investigation from going forward…”
Except Wheeler said Seth did contact WikiLeaks, which is the whole point
In an on-camera interview with Fox5, Wheeler conveyed the exact same sentiments as the allegedly fabricated quotes:
Wheeler: I believe that the answer to solving his death lies on that computer…
Fox5: You have sources at the FBI saying that there is information that could link Seth Rich to Wikileaks?
Wheeler: For sure, absolutely, and that’s confirmed.
Wheeler goes on to claim that the police were told to back off the case:
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