Hannity Says He Feels ‘So Badly’ for Seth Rich’s Family While Ignoring Family’s Pleas to Quit Coverage


Sean Hannity on his radio show Tuesday continued to peddle a conspiracy suggesting that Rich was not the victim of a botched robbery, as police say, but was murdered over a connection to Wikileaks. This despite Fox News retracting a story on their website about the case of slain DNC-staffer Seth Rich, and yet another plea from Rich’s family to cease reporting debunked and/or unverified theories about the case.

While expressing sympathy for the Rich family, Hannity spoke about his “moral obligation” to continue to pursue the conspiracy.

“The family’s actually on the internet saying they want to find the truth. I feel so badly for this family, and what they have been through, and what they are going through. And my thoughts and prayers are with them,” Hannity said. But then he added, “This issue is so big now that the entire Russia collusion narrative is hanging by a thread. If in fact, take Seth out of it, there was a whistleblower within the DNC, a truth teller that actually was the source for WikiLeaks and not Russia working with the Trump campaign, these are questions that I have a moral obligation to ask.”

Oliver Darcy of CNN reports that a Rich family spokesperson said yesterday that Hannity has not reached out privately to the family:

Hannity disputed this claim on his show Tuesday.

“These reports that I have not talked to the family are not true,” Hannity said. “These reports that I’ve not reached out to the family, I have evidence going back to, I think, Friday.”

Hannity did not elaborate further on any correspondence with the Rich family.

The Fox News host, meanwhile, stands by what he’s said on the air about the case to this point.

“I am not Foxnews.com,” Hannity said at one point. “I retracted nothing.”

Listen above, via The Sean Hannity Show.

UPDATE 5:25 P.M. ET — Hannity added the following tweets

As reported by Oliver Darcy at CNN, Rich’s family has repeatedly asked Hannity to stop reporting on conspiracy theories about the case.

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