Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee staffer was shot and killed back in July, in what was reported to be a robbery. However, his phone, keys, wallet, and $2,000 necklace weren’t stolen. Police said it was a “botched” robbery–but new information has everyone wondering if this was an inside job from the government.
According to Fox 5, many conspiracy theories are connecting his murder to his work at the DNC.
Rich’s family hired a private investigator, Rod Wheeler, to look into their son’s death, and he found evidence on Rich’s computer that shows he was talking with WikiLeaks before his death.
Wheeler believes there is a cover-up and that the police department has been given orders to basically stay away from this case.
“The police department nor the FBI have been forthcoming,” said Wheeler. “They haven’t been cooperating at all. I believe that the answer to solving his death lies on that computer, which I believe is either at the police department or either at the FBI. I have been told both.”
Wheeler was asked if his sources told him that there is concrete evidence that links Rich to Wikileaks, and he said, “Absolutely. Yeah. That’s confirmed.”
“I have a source inside the police department that has looked at me straight in the eye and said, ‘Rod, we were told to stand down on this case and I can’t share any information with you.’ Now, that is highly unusual for a murder investigation, especially from a police department. Again, I don’t think it comes from the chief’s office, but I do believe there is a correlation between the mayor’s office and the DNC and that is the information that will come out [Tuesday].”
Fox 5 spoke with D.C. Police on Tuesday and said that Wheeler’s claims that authorities were told to stay clear of this investigation are false.
The family released this statement on Tuesday:
“As we’ve seen through the past year of unsubstantiated claims, we see no facts, we have seen no evidence, we have been approached with no emails and only learned about this when contacted by the press. Even if tomorrow, an email was found, it is not a high enough bar of evidence to prove any interactions as emails can be altered and we’ve seen that those interested in pushing conspiracies will stop at nothing to do so. We are a family who is committed to facts, not fake evidence that surfaces every few months to fill the void and distract law enforcement and the general public from finding Seth’s murderers. The services of the private investigator who spoke to press was offered to the Rich family and paid for by a third party, and contractually was barred from speaking to press or anyone outside of law enforcement or the family unless explicitly authorized by the family.”