Fox News allegedly published a fake article in favor of Trump

Posted August 03, 2017

The Fox News report, first aired in May but later retracted, attempted to tie Rich's unsolved killing to the leak of DNC emails to Wikileaks.

Wheeler filed a lawsuit in New York Tuesday, Aug. 1 detailing the collaboration between Fox News and the White House in fabricating and publishing an incorrect story.

Wheeler's not talking to reporters now, but the lawsuit alleges Fox ruined his reputation with two false quotes, including "My investigation shows someone within the D.C. government, Democratic National Committee is blocking the investigation from going forward". It claims that in the weeks ahead of the article's publication, Butowsky was in touch with then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer, White House strategist Steve Bannon, and Department of Justice spokesperson Sarah Flores "regarding his efforts related to Seth Rich". Later, when asked for comment by NPR on the lawsuit, Fox News' president of news Jay Wallace denied there was any evidence that Zimmerman had misquoted Wheeler. The lawsuit further alleges that US President Donald Trump pushed Fox News to publish the story. At the heart of the lawsuit is private investigator Rod Wheeler, and you may be wondering, who is he and why is he filing a lawsuit against Fox News?

The full text of the lawsuit follows below. Spicer said he was not aware of Trump being involved with the story, according to NPR. Fox said it has found no evidence the quotes were fabricated.

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

"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 hard time in our lives and an end to conspiracy theories surrounding our beloved Seth", the family said.

The interview closed with Butowsky saying he wanted to come back and say more, while Cuomo said he wants to see everything that Butowsky is promising to deliver to document his defense against Wheeler's claims.

According to the lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY, the DNC staffer story was a pet project of Ed Butowsky, a wealthy Dallas investor and prominent Republican.

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The story, originally published on May 16, 2017, cited information from an unnamed Federal Bureau of Investigation official and also attributed two quotes to Wheeler, both of which he now denies ever saying. Wheeler says he gave Spicer a copy of his investigative notes and that Butowsky kept Spicer "abreast of developments" in the investigation, per Spicer's request. It is Wheeler who has filed the lawsuit, claiming defamation and that the quotes attributed to him in the story were outright manufactured.

CUOMO: But what does that have to do with saying that the White House is interested?

Both Spicer and Butowsky confirmed they met in April, but said it wasn't about the Seth Rich story.

Wheeler's complaint says Butowski left him a voice mail on May 14 that implicated the White House. "He wants the article out immediately". By the way, I've never talked to President Trump in my life and President Trump nor the White House has anything to do with any of this.

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