Law­suit: Trump saw Rich con­spir­acy story

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Sally Per­sons

Pres­i­dent Trump re­viewed the now-de­bunked story con­cern­ing a mur­dered Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee staffer’s con­nec­tion to Wik­iLeaks be­fore it was pub­lished, NPR re­ported Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to a law­suit filed by Rod Wheeler, a com­men­ta­tor for Fox News, Mr. Trump him­self looked at a draft of the story be­fore it ran. Mr. Wheeler is su­ing the net­work over the story, claim­ing a re­porter con­cocted quotes at­trib­uted to him.

Mr. Wheeler also said wealthy in­vestor and Repub­li­can sur­ro­gate Ed Bu­towsky of­fered to pay him to in­ves­ti­gate the story. The two later met with for­mer White House press sec­re­tary Sean Spicer to brief him on the find­ings as they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

The story in ques­tion was based on un­founded con­spir­acy ru­mors in­volv­ing DNC aide Seth Rich, who was mur­dered ear­lier this year. Wik­iLeaks founder Julian As­sange hinted that the death may be part of his or­ga­ni­za­tion’s re­lease of hun­dreds of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign staff emails.

White House press sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders said the pres­i­dent “had no knowl­edge of the story, and it is com­pletely un­true that there was White House in­volve­ment.”

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