BUSTED: Donald Trump worked with Fox News on the Seth Rich conspiracy story as a way of deflecting from the Russia scandal engulfing his administration.
According to a federal lawsuit filed by longtime Fox News’ commentator Rod Wheeler, Fox News channel and wealthy Trump supporter Ed Butowsky (who is an unpaid Fox commentator), “worked under the watchful eye of the White House to concoct a story about the murder of a young Democratic National Committee aide…,” NPR reports.
“Wheeler alleges Fox News and the Trump supporter intended to deflect public attention from growing concern about the administration’s ties to the Russian government. His suit charges that a Fox News reporter [Malia Zimmerman] created quotations out of thin air and attributed them to him to propel her story.”
“The first page of the lawsuit quotes a voicemail and text from Butowsky boasting that President Trump himself had reviewed drafts of the Fox News story just before it went to air and was published.”
“On April 20, a month before the story ran, Butowsky and Wheeler — the investor and the investigator — met at the White House with then Press Secretary Sean Spicer to brief him on what they were uncovering.”
Fox News was forced to retract the story after the Rich family expressed outrage about the story and emphatically stated that their son did not communicate with WikiLeaks.
The lawsuit is evidence of the Trump White House planting fake news stories in conservative media outlets. It also shows that Fox News is working with the White House to spread fake news.
CLICK HERE to read Rod Wheeler’s lawsuit.