The chief of Judicial Watch has posted a video explaining that there’s “credible evidence” that suggests questions need to be answered about the murder last summer of Democratic National Committee member Seth Rich.
His death has been much in the news in recent weeks after there initially were reports, from unnamed sources, that linked him to the DNC emails that were delivered to WikiLeaks and posted online just as Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign was facing a surprisingly strong challenge from New York businessman Donald Trump.
Whether it was because of the leaked emails or not isn’t sure, but shortly after her campaign took a nosedive and Trump handily won the election.
Now Judicial Watch chief Tom Fitton has confirmed that there are legitimate questions, and answers are needed.
As part of a weekly video update, he addressed the Seth Rich case, in which his organization has filed several Freedom of Information Act requests, and more.
See it (The Seth Rich case is discussed from 10 minutes to 13 minutes on the video)”
Fitton notes the claims that the investigation into Rich’s murder was derailed by political influence, the suggestion he was involved in leaking the Democrat emails to WikiLeaks and more.
“I don’t know whether any of that’s true,” he explains. “WikiLeaks strongly suggests it’s true.”
But he confirmed there’s “enough credible information out in the media … to suggest that were some hanky panky.”
“We ask the questions,” he said.
Those include a FOIA with the D.C. police department, the mayor’s office, and more.
“We’re not going to be cowed … we’re going to ask the questions.”
As WND reported, Rich was murdered July 10, 2016, in his affluent neighborhood in Washington, D.C. He was shot in the back with a handgun at 4:18 a.m. a block from his home, and although the police reported it as a robbery, nothing was taken from him. He was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced dead at 5:57 a.m. On July 22, just 12 days after Rich’s death and days before the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia, WikiLeaks released 20,000 emails from DNC officials.
The comment came amid reports the Metropolitan Police Department had been directed by Bowers to tone down its investigation.
“This is a robbery that ended tragically. Any homicide in the District of Columbia gets the full attention of the Metropolitan Police Department,” Bowser’s deputy press secretary, Susana Castillo, told WND in statement Friday. “In fact, MPD has a cold case unit that focuses on solving homicides in D.C. no matter how old they are.”
Private investigators have told WND they are certain Bowser has ordered a halt to the investigation. Jack Burkman, the head of the private, Washington, D.C.-based Profiling Project investigative team, told WND on Wednesday that D.C. police officials have colluded with the mayor to suspended the investigation.
He said police how are refusing to cooperate with anyone involved and are withholding key evidence from the public and obstructing the investigation for political purposes.
“I very strongly believe that the D.C. police and the D.C. mayor, for her own political reasons, want this ended,” he said. “This is going to become an issue in the mayor’s race, and this is really going to hurt her politics. This is a real black eye. This is becoming a real big thing – it’s on its way to becoming an O.J., and it could derail the mayor’s re-election.”
Burkman said the evidence shows it was not a robbery, and he said the Rich family is also doubtful Rich, whose body was found with his wallet, credit cards and other valuables, was murdered during a robbery.
“If it was a robbery – it failed because he still has his watch, he still has his money, he still has his credit cards, still had his phone – so it was a wasted effort except we lost a life,” Joel Rich, Seth’s father, acknowledged days after his son was killed.
Private investigator Rod Wheeler, who was hired by Rich’s parents in March to find their son’s killer, suspects Rich’s death is linked to his work at the DNC and explained why there is no evidence to support the police’s assertion he was murdered during a “botched” robbery.
“I’ve been hitting the ground out there talking with people – typical things we do in a homicide investigation. I haven’t found anything to support the theory that this was a street robbery,” he told WND.
After months of investigating Rich’s murder, the Rich family revealed to the veteran homicide detective on May 15 that former DNC Chair and CNN contributor Donna Brazille contacted the police department after he inquired with homicide detectives for information on Rich’s case.
Wheeler has been incessantly repudiated by Brad Bauman – the Rich family’s spokesman, who has been allegedly “assigned” by the Democratic National Committee to represent the family – for not ruling out the possibility that Rich’s death may be related to DNC emails turned over to WikiLeaks.
“It’s sad but unsurprising that a group of media outlets who have repeatedly lied to the American people would try and manipulate the legacy of a murder victim in order to forward their own political agenda,” Bauman, a professional Democratic crisis public-relations consultant told WND. “I think there is a special place in hell for people like that.”
Police spokesman Karimah Bilal said, “MPD does not entertain conspiracy theories and does not engage with conspiracy theorists. If you are in possession of information that you believe to be relevant to this or any case, please let us know the details of such information such that it can help, rather than hinder, our investigation.”
WND reported also on Thursday CNN attacked a Republican lawmaker who called for a federal investigation of the unsolved murder of Rich and any possible role he may have had in the leaking of Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 election.
Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, told CNN Wednesday: “My fear is our constant focusing on the Russians is deflecting away from some other things that we need to be investigating. There’s still some question as to whether the intrusion of the DNC server was an insider job or whether or not it was the Russians.”