Donald Trump read and approved fake Fox News story, lawsuit claims

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

In the lawsuit-which was first reported by NPR-Wheeler alleges that Fox News, the Trump White House, and Ed Butowsky, a wealthy Trump supporter and unpaid Fox News commentator, worked together to use Rich's murder to cast doubt on the conclusion by USA intelligence agencies that the D.N.C. was hacked by Russian Federation.

For one, Butowsky told NPR that he was kidding about Trump's involvement.

He added: "The retraction of this story is still being investigated internally and we have no evidence that Rod Wheeler was misquoted by Zimmerman".

Now Wheeler is suing over the tarnishing of his name.

She framed that meeting as part of the press secretary's official duties in meeting with reporters on potential stories. Earlier this year Fox News, and especially Sean Hannity, were heavily promoting the conspiracy theory that former DNC staffer Rich had possibly been the source of the email sent to WikiLeaks, and because of this may have lost his life. Zimmerman is the investigative reporter for Fox who wrote the story.

DC police had concluded that Rich died in a robbery gone wrong, but no arrests had ever been made (and still haven't).

It's a revelation that has some troubling implications about the relationship between the Trump administration and his Fox News propaganda arm and their possible collaboration on the spread of harmful misinformation. But Fox News, and backed by right-wing news outlets, ran with the story at a time when the president was in real trouble following the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. What's more, the lawsuit is predicated on Wheeler's assertion that he never said the quotes attributed to him.

In a statement to Business Insider on Tuesday, Rich's family said it hoped the lawsuit puts an end to the various conspiracy theories swirling around Rich's death a year ago. He says Fox News published the story a few days after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey as a way to shift blame. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed. Wheeler says in the complaint that he and Butowsky met with Spicer before Zimmerman's story ran on May 16 to review Wheeler's notes.

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No, the latest legal trouble to plague the network is about Donald Trump's favorite subject: fake news. "Notwithstanding Ofcom's inquiries into Fox's ability to convey news in a nonpartisan manner, the collaboration appears only to have deepened since President Trump's Administration took over the White House".

The lawsuit quotes a May 14 voice mail Butowsky left for Wheeler, claiming he had the "full attention of the White House on this", but he now insists he was joking.

So, no, you can't believe everything his suit says.

"Mr. Wheeler - who was the only named source quoted in the article - did not make these statements", the document, provided to EW by Wigdor, states. Is he credible? Can his credibility actually be damaged? Wheeler had first called Butowsky to complain.

"The family understands that this is a moment to remind everyone that what's at issue here is that their son was senselessly murdered on the streets of Washington D.C. and that the killer or killers are still at large", said Bauman. Wheeler's lawsuit claims that Spicer was given a copy of the outline of Wheeler's investigation and asked to be kept updated about it.

According to the Post, Trump's advisers wanted to release a statement to get ahead of media reports about the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that included Trump Jr., Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, then-campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, the Russian lawyer, a Russian-born lobbyist who is a former Soviet intelligence officer and a Russian-born financier.

The implication of the since-retracted Seth Rich stories was that Rich's murder in July of 2016 might have been related to his supposed interactions with Wikileaks, that he may have been "silenced" by allies of Hillary Clinton.

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