But the timing set off a conspiracy theory among Trump supporters and those on the far right: that Rich's death was somehow arranged by Democratic officials as payback for his leak of thousands of DNC emails and electronic files to WikiLeaks, which published them. According to Wheeler, the network defamed him by knowingly fabricating quotes and attributing them to him in its story, which was titled "Seth Rich, slain DNC staffer, had contact with WikiLeaks, say multiple sources".
While many knew about Feinberg's dismissal from Sputnik and his opinion that his former employer is a propaganda machine, the allegations that he was sacked for refusing to help spread, and bring to light, the bogus Seth Rich conspiracy theory, appears to mean one thing: Russian Federation, like President Trump was trying to help push, spread and develop a Seth Rich story line that they knew certain media outlets would agree to publish. To NPR, Fox News president of news Jay Wallace said there wasn't "concrete evidence" to show that Wheeler was misquoted by Zimmerman, and did not answer questions about the origins of the story. "Rod Wheeler is dead broke", Butowsky began before offering to send anchor Chris Cuomo text messages from Wheeler asking to help get him a White House job.
In May, while accusations that Russian Federation interfered in the presidential election were hurting Trump, Zimmerman was part of the Fox News story about Rich and DNC emails.
Rod Wheeler, a longtime commentator for Fox News, sued his former employer on Tuesday.
But the most explosive aspect of Wheeler's lawsuit may be that it accuses Trump of personally influencing the content of the article.
Moreover, the lawsuit said, the White House was aware of the Fox News story ahead of publication.
Washington police claimed that Rich's death was likely the result of a botched robbery, but Butowsky believed the story ran deeper. Why wouldn't you say Della-Camera or the D.C. guy, why did you say White House? After Butowsky was told by journalist Seymour Hersh that there was an Federal Bureau of Investigation report establishing that Seth Rich sent emails to Wikileaks, he allegedly said, "The most important thing is this". Wheeler and Butowsky met with Spicer about a month before the story published and the press secretary "asked to be kept abreast of developments", the lawsuit alleges. In a May 16 article that was later retracted, the quotes attributed to Wheeler suggested that Rich had communicated with WikiLeaks before his death. Wheeler, who had made an appearance on Fox affiilate WTTG about the situation, subsequently told CNN he had no evidence to support the claims.
The other was: '"My investigation shows someone within the DC government, Democratic National Committee or Clinton team is blocking the murder investigation from going forward", Wheeler said.
Butowsky did not immediately comment to CNBC for this article. Mr Butowsky said he was joking about having the President's ear. He also claims the entire process took place with the knowledge of the White House. This led to Butowsky talking about how he and Spicer talked about shirts more than the Seth Rich story.