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

Trump Tries To Escape Russia Scandal Justice By Personally Supervising Fake News Operation

Butowsky had hired Wheeler to investigate the shooting death of Democratic Party staffer Seth Rich, and the Fox News story claiming Rich had links to WikiLeaks relied on Wheeler and an unnamed Federal Bureau of Investigation official.

Wheeler's lawsuit begins with a screencap of a text message he received from Ed Butowsky, a Fox News contributor who has also written articles for Breitbart. Moreover, Wheeler claims Butowsky repeatedly communicated about the progress of Zimmerman's story with White House officials, including chief strategist Steve Bannon and then-press secretary Sean Spicer.

But because of his DNC ties, and thanks to baseless, "just asking questions" assertions on Fox News, a conspiracy theory took root that Rich was actually murdered by the Clinton campaign because he was the mole who'd sent internal information to WikiLeaks-a theory that would thus magically absolve Russian Federation (and therefore Trump) of any meddling in the election. It is also important to point out that the plaintiff, Rod Wheeler, clearly said things about the Rich investigation which he knew to be false (and therefore is not a highly credible person) and that his claims are perfectly created to take advantage of a narrative which the news media would be obviously very willing to embrace.

The report quotes Wheeler as saying his investigation found some degree of exchange between Rich and WikiLeaks, and that his investigation showed someone was blocking the murder investigation, and it could be someone from D.C. government, the DNC or the Clinton campaign.

On May 14, Wheeler says Butowsky texted him, "Not to add any more pressure but the president just read the article".

Last year, 27-year-old DNC staffer Seth Rich was shot to death in what appeared to be an attempted robbery near his home. He wants the article out immediately.

"Does it disturb you that there's an allegation out there in a lawsuit and Sean Spicer admitted meeting these two individuals, that this was discussed in your White House?" The White House and Butowsky did not respond to Mother Jones' request for a comment. "I didn't know who Rod Wheeler was". "Rod Wheeler unfortunately was used as a pawn by Ed Butowsky, Fox News, and the Trump administration to try and steer away the attention that was being given about the Russian hacking of the D.N.C. e-mails", Douglas Wigdor, Wheeler's lawyer, told NPR.

February 23 - Butowsky allegedly texts Wheeler to pitch him on pursuing the Rich investigation.

"It had nothing to do with advancing the president's domestic agenda - and there was no agenda", Spicer told Folkenflik. "The accusation that published Malia Zimmerman's story to help detract from coverage of the Russian Federation collusion issue is completely erroneous", Wallace wrote.

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.

In case you haven't heard the story of how a young Democratic National Committee staffer named Seth Rich was the one who gave the DNC info to WikiLeaks, good - because it's complete bullshit. "The retraction of this story is being investigated internally and we have no evidence that Wheeler was misquoted by Zimmerman". Following a bombshell lawsuit linking #Donald Trump back to the conspiracy in question, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was forced to speak out.

The suit claims Butowsky hired Wheeler to investigate Rich's murder. The suit also says that after the story ran, Wheeler agreed to go on Sean Hannity's show on May 16 and did not reveal his misgivings about the story on-air - though he said on the show that he had no direct knowledge of Rich's emails, according to NPR. "But you can feel free to say that the White House is onto this now".

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