Today brought the explosive allegations made in a lawsuit by Fox News contributor and private investigator Rod Wheeler that a Fox News reporter and a pro-Trump backer worked together to create a since-retracted report that claimed that slain DNC staffer Seth Rich had been murdered due to his connections to WikiLeaks. Furthermore, the suit alleges that President Trump himself supervised the whole thing to help distract from the Russia probe.
With Fox News having already denied much of what Wheeler is alleging in his suit, the PI showed up on MSNBC this evening to provide his side of things. Accompanied by his attorney, Wheeler wanted it to be known that while he was finding some suspicious things while looking into Rich’s murder, he never found that he’d been in contact with WikiLeaks, something that was attributed to him in the Fox News report.
“As a result of those quotes and [Fox News reporter Malia Zimmerman‘s] story, it’s damaged my credibility and my integrity,” Wheeler told host Ari Melber.
Wheeler further discussed Trump supporter Ed Butowsky — who was the man who paid him to do the investigation — reaching out to the White House and getting direction from the administration, indicating that the president was very interested in the story and wanted it published right away.
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer admitted to meeting with Butowsky and Wheeler about the findings of the Fox News story on Rich but denied that there was any coordination with Trump on the report.
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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