A new lawsuit claims President Donald Trump told Fox News to run a story created to help distract from allegations of Russian ties. According to the complaint, Trump pushed Fox News to publish the story "immediately". Those emails shook up the 2016 presidential race when released by Wikileaks previous year.
Rich was murdered previous year in what police say was a botched armed robbery. Butowsky explains that the investigation is not purely altruistic, as he is convinced that there's an FBI report that says Rich's laptop showed that he had connections to the DNC Wikileaks dump.
Folkenfilk produced a report for NPR's Morning Edition, as well as a longer written article that meticulously goes through the timeline of the tale of the creation of a story in which murdered DNC employee Seth Rich is at the center.
The White House had no immediate comment.
Wheeler is a former Washington homicide detective and now a private investigator and Fox News contributor. But unfortunately for the parents of Seth Rich, the death of their son was only the beginning of their nightmare.
During the daily White House briefing on Tuesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was unaware of the Fox News story before its publication. "Upon information and belief, Butowsky did just that". Butowskyallegedly sends an email to Wheelersaying that if the detective doesn't help, "we will go after him as being part of the coverup".
Della-Camera refutes the conspiracy theory to Wheeler, re-iterating that the murder was likely the result of a botched robbery.
We are compelled to address those who are claiming to help by undertaking private "investigations", staging reenactments, or traveling to Seth's old neighborhood to perform citizen interviews. Progress on the story begins the accelerate from here.
Butowsky and Zimmerman hoped that, if Mr. Wheeler could confirm that Seth Rich leaked the DNC emails to WikiLeaks, that would debunk reports the Russians were responsible for the DNC hacks.
Zimmerman informs Wheeler that her story is going to be posted shortly. "He asked for a 10 minute meeting, with no specified topic, to catch up and said he would be bringing along a contributor to Fox News".
The suit also presents a text message Wheeler allegedly received from Butowsky, in which the latter states that Trump previewed the article and wanted to see it published as soon as possible.More news: Tesla Will Make a Faster Model 3 When Elon Musk Escapes 'Hell'
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"Tomorrow, let's close this deal, whatever we've got to do", he said, according to the suit.
The report, which is no longer online, suggested that Rich might have been behind last year's DNC email leaks, rather than Russian government hackers, the culprit widely cited by USA intelligence agencies.
"The accusation that FoxNews.com published Malia Zimmerman's story to help detract from coverage of the Russian Federation collusion issue is completely erroneous", he said. It includes quotes from Wheeler claiming to have evidence of contact between Rich and Wikileaks - quotes Wheeler later claimed he never provided.
Now Wheeler is suing over the tarnishing of his name. Butowsky, 21st Century Fox, Fox News Network and reporter Malia Zimmerman are listed as the plaintiffs.
Afterward Wheeler came out against Fox News, saying he had been misquoted. It doesn't include quotes from Wheelerabout that Federal Bureau of Investigation link.
Wheeler challenges Zimmerman over the letter in a three-way phone conversation that also included Butowsky. Crazy, right? I mean, like 2007 crazy.
"But the rest of the quotes in the story did", she adds. Mr Butowsky said he was joking about having the President's ear.
If you thought the White House Russia Collusion Story mill was running low on creative new twists, think again.
The suit, filed at the U.S. federal court house in Manhattan on Tuesday, is brought by Rod Wheeler, a Fox News contributor and retired police detective, against the television network, one of its journalists and another of its contributors.
People pass the News Corporation headquarters building and Fox News studios in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.