On Tuesday, the news was the lawsuit against Fox News, launched by Rod Wheeler, the private investigator and Fox News contributor hired to uncover details in the Seth Rich murder by a wealthy Trump supporter.
According to Wheeler, the Trump supporter, a Dallas investor named Ed Butowsky, put the pressure on him to really push the story about a potential cover up in the Rich murder case, even suggesting that President Trump had viewed the evidence and was intensely interested in seeing the story get out.
Wheeler also claims a Fox News producer, Malia Zimmerman attributed quotes from the story to him that he never said.
Seth Rich, a young, DNC aide, was murdered after leaving a bar in Washington, D.C. a year ago. No arrests have been made, but D.C. police have listed the murder as a robbery gone wrong.
Internet conspiracy theorists have pushed it as a great, political cover-up, claiming Rich was the source of leaks from the Democratic National Committee’s emails to WikiLeaks. The leaks were highly embarrassing and many thought the content damaged Hillary Clinton’s chances at the presidency (not that she was just an awful candidate).
The conspiracy nuts pushed that the Clintons had Rich murdered. Fox News’ Sean Hannity grabbed the story and ran with it, even after Fox News retracted the story, and even after repeated requests by the family of Seth Rich to let them grieve their son in peace, without having his name and his murder brought up to the nation nightly.
Now, with a lawsuit surrounding the story, Rich’s parents are speaking up.
In a statement to Business Insider, Rich’s family said it hoped the lawsuit puts an end to the various conspiracy theories swirling around Rich’s death last year.
“While we can’t speak to the evidence that you now have, we are hopeful that this brings an end to what has been the most emotionally difficult time in our lives and an end to conspiracy theories surrounding our beloved Seth,” the family said in a statement.
I can’t even begin to grasp the pain of losing a child to murder. Even further, I can’t imagine losing a child to murder, and then having to see his name and murder used over and over again, in order to push a political agenda.
People like Sean Hannity repeatedly rubbed salt in the wounds of the Rich family, in order to provide cover for President Trump and to distract from the Russia investigation. There’s no way to fully express how rancid that is.
I just hope this lawsuit is enough to quiet things down and bring some peace to the Rich family.