One would hope not since he is the President of the United States, but that hasn’t seemed to make any difference so far in the man’s bizarre behavior. The latest Oval Office tidbit is a report that Donald Trump encouraged a news story that says Seth Rich, a former Democratic National Committee (DNC) data specialist, was killed in connection with his alleged leak of information on the Clinton 2016 Primary campaign. The idea was to take the heat off the charges that Trump colluded with the Russians in giving up Clinton’s campaign secrets. Private detective Rod Wheeler is suing Fox News in the matter.
It seems that the Fox News Channel and a wealthy supporter of President Trump, Ed Butowsky, promoted the idea on Sean Hannity’s show and Fox & Friends, but was retracted by Fox News about a week after it was published. Now we all know that there is very little you can believe on Fox News so that should have sent up red flags. But wait, is there really some substance here? Former press sec. Sean Spicer said Bukowsky told him the president was personally overseeing the project. Earlier NBC had released the story that Butowsky was bankrolling a private investigation into Rich’s death, and all of this was reported by several news outlets other than Fox.
- [Rod] “Wheeler alleges Fox News and the Trump supporter intended to deflect public attention from growing concern about the administration’s ties to the Russian government. His suit charges that a Fox News reporter created quotations out of thin air and attributed them to him to propel her story.”
Good coverage on Seth Rich conspiracy…
Sean Hannity, who replaced the misinformation of Bill O’Reilly recently fired by Fox for abusing female employees, wouldn’t let the story go and says he has no intention of retracting anything which, of course, doesn’t mean anything he said was correct, just means he won’t say it isn’t. At the same time Fox News was releasing this ludicrous but purely laughable statement…
- “The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting,” the Tuesday statement read. “Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards.”
Think Progress has reported that n May 14, the day before Fox News published their story, Rod Wheeler told them that “…Ed Butowsky sent him a text [of the story] indicating President Trump read the article and wanted it published immediately.” More from Wheeler…
- “Wheeler alleges that just before he sent that text, Butowsky left him a voicemail and said, ‘A couple minutes ago I got a note that we have the full, uh, attention of the White House, on this. And, tomorrow, let’s close this deal, whatever we’ve got to do. But you can feel free to say that the White House is onto this now.’
- “Wheeler claims that the Fox News story, authored by investigative reporter Malia Zimmerman, contained two quotes attributed to him that were completely fabricated. But they were included in the story at Trump’s direction.”
What is sorely missed in all this conspiracy is the fact that Seth Rich was murdered on July 10, 2016, in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, DC, and his death has never been solved. CNN says, “He was shot several times including at least once in the back just after 4 am.” It could have been made to look like a robbery, and it is just possible that when the killer is found, this whole conspiracy could be solved. In the meantime, the door is still open to the fact that Donald Trump might have maliciously provoked the whole thing. I hope not and I also hope there will be some closure soon for the Rich family and the American public.