Published: Thu, August 03, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Trump had 'no knowledge' of Fox's Seth Rich story: White House

Trump had 'no knowledge' of Fox's Seth Rich story: White House

Later that month, WikiLeaks released a trove of DNC emails.

"FOX 5 DC: "...that could link Seth Rich to WikiLeaks?"

Despite the fact that Fox News retracted its story reporting that Rich was in contact with Wikileaks, Butwosky told CNN, "I don't believe there's anything in that story that isn't accurate". Wheeler states that the network was aware that he had not made the statements yet it published them "with reckless disregard for their truth". Did the president know the story was coming on fox? "They were interested in advancing a political agenda for the Trump Administration", Wheeler alleges.

In response to Wheeler's lawsuit, Fox News' Jay Wallace told Deadline in a statement, "The accusation that FoxNews.com published Malia Zimmerman's story to help detract from coverage of the Russian Federation collusion issue is completely erroneous". He told Wheeler, according to the complaint, that he was working with Zimmerman, who was also investigating the murder.

Wheeler, who was hired to investigate on behalf of the Rich family, contradicted details of the story after it was published.

Butowsky told CNN that Spicer "had no interest at all" in learning more about their investigation into Rich's death and that they only talked about it for a minute before engaging in small talk.

Instead, Butowsky and Zimmerman relied on a source within the FBI Butowsky learned of from investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, Wheeler charges. Now, this story is confusing and includes a lot of conflicting statements. The lawsuit alleges these quotes were made up to the pleasure of the president, something the White House called "completely untrue" Monday.

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Now Wheeler, in his lawsuit, is coming forward with what he claims is the backstory: Fox News reporter Malia Zimmerman, with the "knowledge and support" of wealthy Republican donor Ed Butowsky, fabricated a pair of quotes attributed to Wheeler.

Cuomo, confused, tried to get to the bottom of Butowsky's claims, particularly questioning if President Donald Trump reading a draft of the FoxNews.com article in question was a joke. He wants the article out immediately Its now all up to you. It's now all up to you. "But don't feel the pressure", the text said. Butowsky claimed Wheeler had a crush on an anchor and leaked the details to her before the story was published, leading to the inaccurate quotes circulating in the media. Butowsky did not respond to a request for comment.

About Butowsky's claim that Hersh had an Federal Bureau of Investigation source, Hersh told NPR on Monday, "I hear gossip".

Wheeler alleges in his suit that he met with White House press secretary Sean Spicer on April 20, along with Ed Butowsky, a conservative financier who had been bankrolling Wheeler's investigation of the Rich slaying. Butowsky even offered to pay for the expenses, according to reports.

CNNMoney reached out to Butowsky about the interview, but he said that he hadn't seen it.

"We have the full, uh, attention of the White House, on this".

Wheeler, who is a former Washington D.C. Police homicide detective also charges Fox with racial discrimination saying he has been denied air time and full-time employment.

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