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White House says Trump had ‘no knowledge’ of fake story about Seth Rich that fanned swindling theories about his death

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House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday
denied that President Donald Trump knew about a retracted Fox
News story that floated swindling theories about a slain
Democratic National Committee staffer.

Former Fox News writer Rod Wheeler has sued the
network over a story, alleging that it, along with a
well-connected Trump-backer, intentionally pushed a thinly-sourced
swindling conjecture about Rich’s genocide to inhibit from growing
concerns about Trump’s intensity ties to Russia. The lawsuit also
purported that a Trump believer — Edward Butowsky — and
Wheeler met with former White House press secretary Sean
Spicer about a story. Wheeler also purported that Butowsky told
him that Trump had review a breeze of it, that Butowsky has
claimed was
only a joke.

In a press discussion on Tuesday, Sanders pronounced that Trump “had no
believe of a story,” and claimed that “it is completely
wrong that he or a White House had an impasse in the
story,” yet Spicer himself certified he met with Butowsky and

New York Times contributor Glenn Thrush pulpy Sanders, asking
either she was uneasy that Spicer met with people who
were attempting to intentionally pull a skinny story. 

“Does it disquiet we that there’s an claim out there in a
lawsuit and Sean Spicer certified assembly these dual individuals,
that this was discussed in your White House?” Thrush said.

“He met with members of a media?” Sanders said. “I don’t find
that to be a weird thing.”

Thrush noted that Spicer “met with a member of a media
that were pulling a story that was after retracted since it was

“He met with that reporter, and he met with a debate donor,”
Thrush said. “Does it disquiet you, does it contend anything about
this White House that you’d perform that story?”

Sanders responded that it doesn’t worry her “that a press
secretary would take a assembly with a somebody concerned in the
media about a story.”

Wheeler, a former Metropolitan Police Department officer, was a
pivotal figure in a array of debunked stories
claiming that Rich had been in hit with Wikileaks before his
death. Fox News, which reported the
story online and on television, retracted it in June.

Rich’s family has repeatedly called
for an finish to a weird saga, criticizing right-wing
media total like Sean Hannity for perpetuating unfounded
theories about Rich’s death.

a matter to Business Insider on Tuesday, Rich’s family
pronounced it hoped a lawsuit puts an finish to a several conspiracy
theories swirling around Rich’s genocide final year. 

“While we can’t pronounce to a justification that we now have, we are
carefree that this brings an finish to what has been a most
emotionally formidable time in a lives and an finish to
swindling theories surrounding a dear Seth,” a family
pronounced in a statement.

Police have pronounced regularly that Rich was shot during an
attempted spoliation while he was walking home from a bar in
Washington, DC.

Yet a staffer’s genocide has turn a source of wild
speculation, as right-wing media total fanned unproven
conjecture that Rich was killed for leaking embarrassing
inner emails of DNC staffers during a 2016 election.
Numerous US comprehension agencies have resolved that Russian
comprehension hacked and leaked inner DNC communications.

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