July 10, 2016 -- A 27-year-old employee of the Democratic National Congress (DNC) is shot dead in Washington, D.C., a block from his apartment. The police say he died from two gunshot wounds in his back during an attempted robbery. Rich’s girlfriend claims there was a violent struggle but nothing was stolen. A few months later, the police say surveillance footage showed the legs of two people who might be the killers, but the tape is not released and the matter is unofficially closed.
So why is the murder of this young man in the news again and why is Seth Rich’s slaying the subject of controversy?
According to a report by Fox News, thousands of internal DNC emails were found in Rich’s computer. These emails were allegedly sent to another now-deceased American investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker Gavin McFayden, who transferred them to WikiLeaks. A private investigator hired by a third party on behalf of Rich’s family, Rod Wheeler, also said there was “some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks.”
Only two weeks later, thousands of emails were released by WikiLeaks which created huge embarrassment for the DNC. The website also offered a reward of $20,000 for any information about Rich’s murderer. The timing of Rich’s employment with the DNC, the discovery of the emails and their release by WikiLeaks have triggered speculation that Hillary Clinton or the DNC had something to do with the murder. Comey’s FBI dismissed these claims, gave no evidence either way and said they are not investigating the case, although it is still open with Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
Fox News reported on the Seth Rich unsolved murder mystery, while other mainstream media networks have remained silent about it. One reason might be because the Rich family has sent a cease and desist letter to Wheeler, who is also a Fox News contributor. Brad Bauman, the family spokesperson, said, “Anyone who continues to push this fake news story after it was so thoroughly debunked is proving to the world they have a transparent political agenda or are a sociopath.”
NBC News said that the third party who hired Wheeler on behalf of the Rich family is also a Fox News contributor. His name is Ed Butowsky and he is a Dallas-based financial adviser. And according to Snopes.com, although Wheeler claims to be a private investigator, there was no proof of his license in either the Washington D.C. or Maryland database. MPD also said that though Wheeler worked there in 1990, he was dismissed.
While Fox News has retracted its original story the fact remains, a young life was lost, and the family of Seth Rich deserves to know the truth behind his murder — no matter who was behind it.
America still has no clarity on who leaked Hillary Clinton’s classified emails, stored on an illegal server, to WikiLeaks. Traditional media continues to conflate the felonies committed by Clinton. Clinton checked every box required for a felony violation of Section 793(f) of the federal penal code (Title 18): “With lawful access to highly classified information she acted with gross negligence in removing and causing it to be removed it from its proper place of custody, and she transmitted it and caused it to be transmitted to others not authorized to have it, in patent violation of her trust.” Couple that with an unsubstantiated plot on how the Russians and Putin himself directly influenced the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Rich’s last post on his Facebook account was ironically this: “We have to be better and defend each other… A life is exponentially valuable. I have family and friends on both sides of the law. Please, stop killing each other.”