On May 16th, Fox News reported that Seth Rich, the late DNC staffer who was murdered last year, was actually the man responsible for leaking tens of thousands of DNC emails to Wikileaks. It was implied Rich’s murder (which the police deemed to be a botched robbery, though nothing of Rich’s was stolen) was tied to his status as the leak.
Fox retracted the story on Tuesday, stating “The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed.”
Among one of the errors was the claim that a “Federal source” said the FBI conducted a forensic analysis of Rich’s computer and discovered that he had thousands of emails with Wikileaks, but the FBI has never had possession of Rich’s laptop, and thus could not have conducted a forensic analysis.
As we reported yesterday, despite the retraction, Sean Hannity went against the grain and continued speculating about the circumstances of Rich’s death on social media. By Tuesday night’s show, however, Hannity said that at the requests of the Rich family’s wishes, he wouldn’t be covering his death on his TV show any longer. As Hannity backs off as the only person in the media investigating what are conspiracy theories as of now, a Republican congressman is calling for a Federal investigation.
According to Real Clear Politics:In an appearance on CNN Wednesday, Texas Republican Congressman Blake Farenthold suggested that rumors circulating online that murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich could have been the source of DNC emails obtained by Wikileaks could merit investigation.
“My fear is our constant focusing on the Russians is deflecting away for some other things that we need to be investigating,” Farenthold said. “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. There’s stuff circulating on the internet,” he explained.“That should be a part of the ongoing investigation into alleged Russian interference in the election, because that’s an alternative theory that deserves being looked at,” Farenthold said later in a phone call with the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. “The death should be investigated in the same manner Russian interference has been reviewed,” he said.
“We’re relying only on the report of somebody that the DNC contracted to examine their computer rather than having Federal officials,” Farenthold said, refering to the fact that the DNC never turned their servers over to the FBI. “To me, we need to let the feds look at it.”
When pressed by CNN that he might be simply believing false internet stories, Farenthold replied: “That’s what you’re doing with Trump. Basing allegations on anonymous sources.”