White House met with Fox News about Seth Rich conspiracy, lawsuit reveals

Wednesday, 02 Aug, 2017

Wheeler and Butowsky continued apace, along with Fox News producer Malia Zimmerman, who would go on to write the Fox News story that would end up sparking a rush of interest in Rich's story.

Sanders also denied Tuesday that Trump or the White House was involved or had any knowledge of the Fox News story at the center of the lawsuit.

The bombshell report from NPR this morning about a how Fox News came to create a "Fake News!" story about the murder of Seth Rich, based on an insane conspiracy theory, can only be one of two things.

A lawsuit filed against Fox News alleges that President Donald Trump reviewed drafts of the network's story about a murdered young Democratic National Committee aide that later had to be retracted.

"Specifically, it was their aim to have Mr. Wheeler confirm that: Seth Rich was responsible for the leak of DNC emails to WikiLeaks; and Seth Rich was murdered by a Democrat operative because he leaked the emails to WikiLeaks". The suit also claims Butowsky said he was working with Zimmerman on a Fox News investigative piece about the Rich case.

Butowsky had hired Wheeler on behalf of the Rich family to investigate Seth's murder. Additionally, FOX News vehemently denies the race discrimination claims in the lawsuit - the dispute between Zimmerman and Rod Wheeler has nothing to do with race. Wheeler claims that every quotation included in his lawsuit "is from an email, text message, published news article and/or recorded or videotaped conversation".

Rich, 27, was shot to death July 10, 2016 in what Washington police say was a random robbery attempt.

Roger Stone is doing damage control following the filing of a lawsuit alleging a scheme by Fox News and Trump administration officials - including possibly the president himself - to use the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich to absolve the Trump campaign of accusations it coordinated with Russian Federation. He wants the article out immediately Its now all up to you. The suit even claims that President Trump reviewed the story before its release and wanted it published "immediately".

Who, after all, is Rod Wheeler?

Butowsky told CNN that his message about the president reading the article was a joke. According to the lawsuit, a Fox News contributor pushed the story as a means of trying to discredit the conclusions of the United States Intelligence Community that Russian Federation hacked members of the Democratic National Committee.

The investigator, a Fox contributor, also alleged meeting with former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

"Ed is [a] longtime supporter of the president's agenda who often appears in the media", Spicer said in an email to CNN.

So, if true, what we have here is Fox News being exposed as truly state-run propaganda, Sean Hannity now either the dumbest person in the history of TV or a co-conspirator in a presidential cover-up, and Trump clearly acting in a way which is not only totally scandalous, but also completely consistent with the worst possible scenario on the Russian Federation story.

Update: Fox News responded to the allegations cited in the suit, calling them "completely erroneous". Spicer now tells NPR's David Folkenflik, rather bizarrely, that the meeting "had nothing to do with advancing the president's domestic agenda-and there was no agenda", but instead "they were just informing me of the [Fox] story".

Fox News removed the original story in May, saying it was "not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting".

So, no, you can't believe everything his suit says. The suit alleges that he met with Sean Spicer at the White House, and that in May, before the story ran, President Trump saw the article. Wheeler claims both quotes were fabricated and untrue. "The retraction of this story is being investigated internally and we have no evidence that Wheeler was misquoted by Zimmerman".