Sarah Sanders Stonewalls on Question About Whether Trump Believes Seth Rich Conspiracy


An NPR report on a lawsuit filed against Fox News involving a retracted report on murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich has dominated the news on Tuesday. The story claimed that the White House coordinated with Fox News on the report.

During Tuesday’s White House briefing, Glenn Thrush of The New York Times tried to get some answers from Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on the subject, but came up empty.

“The president had no knowledge of the story,” Sanders said. “And it’s completely untrue that he or the White House involvement [sic] in that story…Beyond that this is ongoing litigation, and I’d refer you to the actual parties involved, which aren’t the White House.”

But NBC’s Peter Alexander revisited the subject towards the end of the briefing. He wanted to know if President Donald Trump, a well-established Fox News devotee, bought into a conspiracy theory that the network spent many hours trying to sell — that Seth Rich was responsible for Democratic National Committee emails turning up on Wikileaks.

“Does the president believe the predicate of that original Fox News reporting that Seth Rich was responsible for the release of DNC e-mails to Wikileaks?” Alexander asked.

“I’m not sure, Peter,” Sanders said. Then she said, “Thanks, guys. We’ve got a small business event coming up shortly and hopefully you’ll all tune in.”

And with that, she quickly shuffled off the podium.

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