This Series will detail the many “suicides” surrounding the “Clinton Crime Family”.
These cases are either quickly closed or still under investigation.
The second case I selected to write about is Seth Rich. Conspiracy theory or cold-blooded murder?
Seth was a 27-year-old digital campaigner with the Democratic Party and lived in the Bloomingdale area of Washington D.C.
On July 10, 2016, in the early morning hours, Seth Rich was on his way home from a night out in D.C. Seth was talking on the phone with his girlfriend while walking home from a bar. At around 4 a.m. he told her he was almost there and had to go. Seconds later, gunshots rang out. Seth was found lying on the ground a block from his apartment with two bullet holes in his back. He was taken to a hospital, where he died a little more than an hour later.
Seth’s watch, wallet, and phone were found on him. There were signs of a struggle.
The Police called Seth's murder a street robbery gone wrong.
Related Coverage: <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/23776" target="_blank">Seth Rich: Conspiracy Theory or Cold Blooded Murder? </a>
It was 4 am, and he was shot in cold blood. His wallet, watch and phone were not taken. He was shot in the back. Someone went to the trouble of surprising Seth, shooting him, not once but twice, In the back, but didn’t take his wallet? This doesn’t make any sense.
Weeks after Seth’s death, Wikileaks published 20,000 emails obtained from Democratic National Committee computers via an anonymous source.
Some wondered if that source was Seth himself.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WikiLeaks has never disclosed a source. Sources sometimes talk to other parties but identities never emerge from WikiLeaks. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SethRich?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank">https://twitter.com/hashtag/SethRich?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw</a>#SethRich</a></p>— #FreeAssange! (tweets by campaign)⌛ (@JulianAssange) <a href="https://twitter.com/JulianAssange/status/866536275972689920?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank">https://twitter.com/JulianAssange/status/866536275972689920?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw</a>May 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Roger Stone, a right-wing political operative, expressed his belief that Seth was murdered for having blown the whistle on the DNC by leaking explosive documents to Wikileaks.
This theory took root when Wikileaks founder Julian Assange appeared on Dutch TV strongly implying that Seth was the whistleblower behind the email leak.
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Wikileaks posted a tweet offering a cash reward for anyone who could help solve Seth’s murder. To many who wanted answers, this was confirmation that Seth Rich had been their source.
It has long been speculated that Seth Rich was behind the 44,053 DNC emails and 17,761 email attachments published by WikiLeaks during the 2016 election, which exposed a vast plot to sabotage the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders.
The liberal media repeatedly claims this “conspiracy” theory is “debunked,” yet nobody has been prosecuted for the leak to prove otherwise.
In addition, no suspects have been named in Seth’s murder and no surveillance footage, showing the killer, has ever been made public to help with identifying one.
The Gateway Pundit traveled to Dallas, Texas, in March to interview Ed Butowsky, a financial adviser and frequent Fox Business Network commentator, who is currently being sued by the parents of Seth Rich.
This is a “must watch” interview.
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The lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Court in Manhattan. It names Butowsky, Fox News and their reporter Malia Zimmerman. The complaint alleges that Butowsky manipulated the grieving family into hiring Rod Wheeler as a private investigator to create a false narrative that he would later feed to Zimmerman.
Butowsky explained that he had no real interest in the case until his friend came back from London with information that he said he wanted to get to the Rich family.
“I got them on the phone and I shared with them the information that this man had wanted them to know. What I told them was that I was told that your sons downloaded the emails from the DNC server and sold them to WikiLeaks,” Butowsky stated. “Mr. Rich said, and I didn’t see him — it was over the phone, ‘Ed, we already know that. That’s not new information to us.’”
Butowsky also stated that Mr. Rich told him that he only wanted to focus on who killed their son and not on the DNC, emails or WikiLeaks.
At the conclusion of the call, Butowsky said that Mrs. Rich asked him to please let them know if he learns any additional information about the case.
The mainstream media will never report on this remarkable story.
It must be noted that I am sharing the GWP interview for information only and not trying to take away from their own article, link listed at the bottom of this article.
The Rich family’s lawyers contacted GWP following their initial report on Butowsky’s recollection of the conversation and referred to the claims that Mr. Rich acknowledged his son was the leaker as “false,” “reckless” and “defamatory.”
They demanded an apology and retraction of the report, despite the fact that GWP didn’t make the claims and that Butowsky is a public figure who was directly involved with the family.
With a pending lawsuit, his side of the story is even more relevant to the public interest. GWP stand behind their publishing of this interview.
I am sharing their interview and this story because the truth needs to be exposed. There are too many unanswered questions. Why hide anything from the public if it was a simple “robbery gone bad”?
In a follow up after the video interview, “Butowsky told GWP that an FBI source showed him a receipt for a $56 hard drive that he says Rich used to transport files from the DNC server to his laptop before loading them into a DropBox account.”
“A few days after his initial phone call with the Rich family, Butowsky says that he was speaking to a friend from DC and asked if he may know anyone familiar with the Rich case. The friend told him that he did know someone with extensive knowledge about the murder — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh.”
Two days later, Butowsky and Hersh were on the phone discussing the case.
“Butowsky explained that Hersh was speaking so quickly that he recorded the call because he could not take notes fast enough. He promptly forwarded the recording to the Rich family due to the detailed, and shocking claims that the journalist was making.”
In the audio recording, Hersh states that Rich had contacted WikiLeaks with sample emails prior to the leak. He cited an FBI document that he was privy to as proof for his claim.
“What the report says is that sometime in late Spring… he makes contact with WikiLeaks, that’s in his computer,” Hersh says in the recording. “Anyway, they found what he had done is that he had submitted a series of documents — of emails, of juicy emails, from the DNC.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Audio tape of Seymour Hersh discussing WikiLeaks DNC leaks and Seth Rich <a href="https://t.co/STp9u7Vtbn" target="_blank">https://t.co/STp9u7Vtbn</a><a href="https://t.co/STp9u7Vtbn</a>" target="_blank">https://t.co/STp9u7Vtbn</a></a> h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/CassandraRules?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank">https://twitter.com/CassandraRules?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw</a>@CassandraRules</a></p>— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) <a href="https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/892510925244203008?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank">https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/892510925244203008?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw</a>August 1, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Hersh explains that Rich wanted money, but it was unclear how the negotiations went. Hersh said that WikiLeaks did obtain access to a password protected DropBox where Rich had put the files.
Hersh also states that Rich had concerns about something happening to him and that WikiLeaks gained access before he was killed.
“The word was passed, according to the NSA report, he also shared this DropBox with a couple of friends, so that ‘if anything happens to me it’s not going to solve your problems,’” he added. “WikiLeaks got access before he was killed.”
The authenticity of this audio was confirmed by Hersh to Consortium News, though he said that the recording was done without his permission.
When Mr. Rich received the audio containing the stunning allegations, he responded to Butowsky with a simple email saying, “got it.”
“The Rich’s had told me that Washington police weren’t helping them at all. The Metro Police had shut down the investigation. I felt terrible, these people — their son was murdered and no one is helping them find out who murdered their son. I mean — how tragic can this be?” Butowsky asked.
When the family seemed uninterested in what Hersh said, Butowsky said that he called Mr. Rich and asked if the material was helpful.
“He acted kind of strange at the point,” Butowsky said.
Butowsky asked why they had not hired a private investigator. Mr. Rich told him that they could not afford one. Butowsky offered to pay the bill, which Seth’s dad thanked him for and accepted.
Rob Wheeler is a retired Washington homicide detective and Fox News contributor. Butowsky brought him on to act as a private investigator.
The parents, along with Aaron, met with Wheeler multiple times over a 14 day period before coming to an agreement. Wheeler was not to speak to the media about the case without the family’s permission. Butowsky would be paying for the services. Butowsky said that he gave Wheeler $5,000 to get started.
In an audio recording during the investigation, Wheeler explained that Aaron Rich was actively attempting to shut down anyone looking into the WikiLeaks connection.
“He said no, he said I have his computer, meaning him,” Wheeler says in the audio. “I said, well can I look at it?… He said, what are you looking for? I said anything that could indicate if Seth was having problems with someone. He said no, I already checked it. Don’t worry about it.”
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Wheeler said in the recording that Seth’s girlfriend told him that Aaron Rich had possession of Seth’s cell phones, but Aaron denied it and said: “we’re not going to worry about the cell phones.”
After the investigation began, the DNC hired Brad Bauman to represent the family. He is a well-known crisis communications consultant for the Democratic Party through his DC firm the Pastorum Group.
“I remember Mr. Rich saying ‘who is this guy? He showed up one day and said he was assigned to me by the DNC.’ Why would the DNC assign somebody,” Butowsky asked?
Wheeler did uncover enough evidence that he believed that there was a cover-up underway.
On April 9, 2017, Wheeler sent Zimmerman a text that was obtained by the Gateway Pundit containing a link to a news story about the Rich case. Wheeler wrote, “this is interesting. I’m ready to say that Seth's Death was not a botched street robbery and there appears to be a coverup within the D.C. Government related to this death.”
Zimmerman had been working with Wheeler on the story for Fox News. Following her explosive report, Wheeler claimed the quotes attributed to him had been fabricated.
The truth is, the quotes were not fabricated and can be confirmed through copies of the text and email exchanges between Zimmerman and Wheeler.
Wheeler was also given a draft of the story which included all of his comments and explicitly approved them before Zimmerman’s report was filed.
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Butowsky told GWP that Zimmerman actually had three sources for her story and Wheeler had misread a quote that was attributed to a federal investigator and thought that she had claimed it came from him.
“Rod Wheeler read the story and saw this quote, ‘I saw the emails between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks (or something along those lines), said a federal investigator.’ Rod Wheeler, he told me this on the phone, he said ‘Ed, I blew it. I thought that was referencing me.’ He thought that quote was attributed to him,” Butowsky told GWP. “He had gone on CNN and said ‘Fox misquoted me!’ Fox didn’t misquote him, he just read it wrong. He thought he was the federal investigator she was referencing, he screwed up!”
Zimmerman had wrote, “a federal investigator who reviewed an FBI forensic report detailing the contents of DNC staffer Seth Rich’s computer-generated within 96 hours after his murder, said Rich made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, a now-deceased American investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker, and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time.” It is clear in her report that the person she was referring to was not Wheeler, but an additional source who has never been named.
Multiple sources have told the GWP that the Rich investigations at Fox News were squashed and removed due to demands by the Murdoch family — not because Zimmerman hadn’t properly investigated her story.
“That story should be put back up,” Butowsky said.
Wheeler still filed a lawsuit against Fox and Butowsky, joining in a class action suit being represented by lawyer Doug Wigdor.
The most ridiculous allegation in the complaint was that Zimmerman’s report fabricated quotes in order for Butowsky to help the White House distract the public from the Russia investigation.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Butowsky claims that Wigdor threatened Fox News with a lawsuit for weeks before filing unless Fox agreed to pay $60 million in settlements.
This sounds like extortion to me.
The lawsuits were preventing the network’s buyout of Sky News, which Butowsky believes was part of the reasoning for going after them.
Butowsky alleges that Wheeler was promised $4 million of that money if a settlement was reached.
“He said, ‘Ed, I found me a lawyer that’s going to give me $4 million,’” Butowsky stated. “I said ‘what?! Why would anyone give you $4 million?’ I mean, what in the world.” He claimed that Wheeler told him that he wasn’t going to like it, but that he would soon understand. Weeks later, Butowsky received an email from Wigdor. The lawsuit came soon after.
In October, Butowsky’s lawyers filed a Rule 11 complaint against Wigdor, arguing that “the lawsuit has no basis in fact or in law, and is clearly being advanced for an improper purpose—to harass, intimidate, and extort the Defendants.”
The claims in the lawsuit were the basis for the complaint filed by the Rich family. Both suits claim that Butowsky was the mastermind of a plot to help the White House cover-up Russian hacking.
“This is a complete made up story,” Butowsky said, “to try to get money from Fox News.”
The far-fetched conspiracy theories put forward in the lawsuits have led to serious threats against Butowsky’s family.
Butowsky broke down in tears as he described the impact this has had on his life and family.
“This country is out of their minds — the people who want to accept this,” Butowsky said. “I volunteered to pay a bill. I gave them money to help find out who murdered their son.”
Butowsky said that there is a lot more going on in this case than people realize.
“How do you defend yourself against the parents of a boy who was murdered?” Butowsky said. “If people care about the truth, what I just said is the truth. Mr. and Mrs. Rich can do whatever they want to do. I don’t even know what they want, I just hope they find some way to deal with what they have to deal with. I wish they would be honest with people. There’s a lot of hardship in this country and a lot of separation and some of it has to do with this case.”
Butowsky stated that he will not sue the Rich family over their claims about him.
“I didn’t do anything to these people and I never would — why would I?” Butowsky asked.
Butowsky said that he simply thought that he was privately helping a grieving family.
Butowsky concluded by saying that he simply wants people to tell the truth.
“I hope the truth comes out one way or another. Mr. and Mrs. Rich and a number of other people know the truth and they should come forward and just tell the truth. It’s really simple,” Butowsky asserted.
To this day no one knows who leaked the information to Wikileaks. Assange has neither confirmed nor denied that it was Seth. Left-wing radicals say this is nothing more than conspiracy theories. I believe he was murdered in cold blood. I believe his brother knows too much and the family doesn’t want him to meet the same fate as Seth.
I have been warned by several people to be careful about writing this series. I will not be silenced by the Clinton Crime Family. The truth must be exposed. Please know that if anything ever happened to me, I would never commit “suicide”!
<a href="https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/03/ed-butowsky-sits-first-interview-gateway-pundit-sued-family-seth-rich-murder-mystery/;" target="_blank">https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/03/ed-butowsky-sits-first-interview-gateway-pundit-sued-family-seth-rich-murder-mystery/;</a> <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/20/democratic-party-files-federal-lawsuit-alleging-conspiracy-by-trump-campaign-russia-wikileaks-to-disrupt-2016-presidential-election.amp.html;" target="_blank">http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/20/democratic-party-files-federal-lawsuit-alleging-conspiracy-by-trump-campaign-russia-wikileaks-to-disrupt-2016-presidential-election.amp.html;</a> <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-43727858" target="_blank">https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-43727858</a>
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They murdered this man! I KNOW it!
Never back down!
This kid was trying to help America & they killed him for it.
Great article Lexy. It breaks my heart that this young man was murdered and his family would rather take money than see justice served.
Thank you for writing about Seth Rich. We need to hold them accountable for this. I believe the Democrats/Clinton we’re responsible for his death. Excellent article.
The truth shall be revealed! I just hope it is sooner than later. Our country is at a crossroads, we are so lucky that Hilary Clinton did not win the Presidency or we would be without a doubt the most corrupt country in the world. Keep up the great work on this series.
Ed Butowski came of as extremely believable and your entire article was done excellent. @RealMattCouch is a citizen still conducting an investigation on this John Podesta/ Hillary Clinton murder. Podesta stated an example would be made of the leaker… who WAS Seth Rich. Seth was angry that Hillary was stealing the primary from Bernie and wanted the corruption at the DNC exposed. John Goodman also has an excellent video on this subject in YouTube. One of the current citizen hired investigators was almost killed just recently by being run-over by a car…
The whole Russia collision narrative would have been blown had this murder been tied to the real perpetrators and is WHY it hasn’t been solved. It was widely reported that a couple MS-13 members were hired to kill Seth… when they fled to Florida and then themselves were killed. Brennan, Clapper, and Comey are all culpable in helping Hillary avoid her crimes.
Very detailed and thorough Lexy. There are so many unanswered questions about his MURDER. Obviously not a robbery but he was targeted. The police need to get to the bottom of this story.
you know that it was murder because the cops immediately drew the conclusion that it was a "robbery gone bad". case closed…
This is a lot to tske on, you outlined and presented it all very well and its obviously complex in many ways. The DNC obviously has something they would like to remain hidden. Seems like someone’s nervous when anyone gets close to this case. why these strange lawsuits? Obviously a murder, but maybe something else too??
Great article. The video with Ed Butowsky was very informative. I had never seen that before. I feel terrible for what he has been through. I really think the Rich family has been silenced by someone! It's so strange! I would do anything in the world to find the killer if it were one of my sons!