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

Seth Rich Trump Personally Told Fox News To Publish Fake Story About Murdered DNC Employee Suit Claims

(Trump fired FBI Director James Comey a week before the article was published.) "One of the big conclusions we need to draw from this is that the Russians did not hack our computer systems and ste [a] l emails and there was no collusion like [t] rump with the Russians", Butowsky allegedly wrote in emails to Fox News producers and anchors promoting the piece.

Now, in the lawsuit, Wheeler claims that Zimmerman, Fox News and Butowsky "created fake news to advance President Trump's agenda".

Wheeler-who Butowsky hired on behalf of the Rich family to investigate the murder of the former D.N.C. staffer-alleges that Butowsky pressured him through a series of text messages and phone calls, and that Butowsky had told him story had come to the attention of the White House. Wheeler, a Fox contributor who looked into Rich's July 2016 murder for the family, said Fox made up quotes attributed to him saying there was contact between Rich and WikiLeaks, and that someone - possibly Democrats or Hillary Clinton's campaign - was blocking the murder investigation.

"At no point in time did Mr. Wheeler say that his investigation revealed that Seth Rich sent any emails to WikiLeaks, nor did he say that the DNC, Democratic Party or Clintons were engaged in a cover-up", his suit alleges. 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.

The lawsuit cited a May 14 text message from Butowsky to Wheeler that said, "Not to add any more pressure but the president just read the article". Fox News further suggested that the DNC had thwarted the police investigation into Rich's death, which authorities believe was actually a botched robbery, per NPR.

He then texts Wheeler to inform him that Trump read Zimmerman's article and wants it published.

Former police detective and sometime Fox News paid commentator Rod Wheeler claims in his suit that the story was knowingly fabricated by a reporter named Malia Zimmerman and a wealthy Trump supporter named Ed Butowsky to "establish that Seth Rich provided WikiLeaks with the DNC emails to shift the blame from Russian Federation".

And once it was published, it become endless fodder for the president's staunchest defenders: Jones, Gingrich and, more than any other person, Fox's Sean Hannity - who ceased hammering away at it only when Seth Rich's parents implored him to stop trashing their son's name.

Spicer confirmed to NPR's David Folkenflik that he met on April 20 with a Trump supporter, Ed Butowsky, and Wheeler and heard about the story they had in the works. "I didn't know who Rod Wheeler was".

At the heart of the lawsuit is a May story (published on Fox News) revolving around the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich.

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. By that time, of course, it had already ballooned into one of our most pervasive conspiracies, a genuine bit of "fake news" with consequences both political and personal that, apparently, is still being "investigated" more than two months later. He said he is not aware of any contact with the president.

Wheeler now argues that Zimmerman's story contained fabricated quotes attributed to him, despite his noticing them before publication and asking her to remove them. Butowsky allegedly pointed the finger at the White House.

May 11 - Zimmerman shares a draft of her story with Wheeler. 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. However, the retraction made no mention of fabricated quotes or looked to correct the record.

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