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Seth Rich Update: CNN Debunks Claims Using DNC Spin Doctor

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Yesterday, American Lens reported on a FOX news story that included a bombshell in the Seth Rich murder case.

The FOX report cited a forensic FBI report, which indicates Rich contacted WikiLeaks through investigative journalist, Gavin MacFayden, who is now deceased.

So, where is this forensic report?

The story also included quotes from a private investigator working the Seth Rich case said there was “tangible” evidence Rich had been talking to WikiLeaks.

“My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks.”
– Rod Wheeler, former DC homicide investigator (FOX 05-16-17)

If true, that’s huge, but there’s always more to the story.


CNN reporter Oliver Darcy wrote an article late yesterday refuting the FOX article.

Darcy’s report says that the private investigator has ‘recanted’ his story and backtracked on his own statements.

But Tuesday afternoon, Wheeler told CNN he had no evidence to suggest Rich had contacted Wikileaks before his death.

Wheeler instead said he only learned about the possible existence of such evidence through the reporter he spoke to for the story. He explained that the comments he made to WTTG-TV were intended to simply preview Fox News’ Tuesday story. The WTTG-TV news director did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

“I only got that [information] from the reporter at Fox News,” Wheeler told CNN.

Asked about a quote attributed to him in the Fox News story in which he said his “investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and Wikileaks,” Wheeler said he was referring to information that had already been reported in the media.

But wait, it gets stranger.

CNN’s report cites Brad Bauman as a, “spokesman for the Rich Family.”

Earlier Tuesday, Brad Bauman, a spokesman for the Rich family, released a statement in which he said the family had “seen no evidence” to suggest Seth Rich had been in contact with Wikileaks.

Bauman told CNN the outlets that had run with the story “have shown over and over again that they are willing to lie and manipulate the facts” to further “their own political end.”

Brad Bauman released a statement ‘from the family’ on Facebook:

This is the statement from the Rich family re: today’s little fake news story.

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.

So who is this Brad Bauman guy?

CNN portrays Bauman as just a family representative, but WikiLeaks chimed in, adding details CNN left out:

Turns out, WikiLeaks was pretty spot on.

The guy is a professional fixer/PR guy who has a Masters degree in “Political Management” and works for the uber-progressive Pastorum Group, which specializes in “crisis management.”

Bauman’s LinkedIn states that he is, “Managing a crisis communications and full service public relations firm.”  It doesn’t mention he is the co-founder.

Bauman is the former Executive Director for the Congressional Progressive Caucus and his partner, Josh Cohen, previously worked for the DNC and Obama For America

Why would someone like Bauman be representing the Rich family in the first place?

CNN’s report didn’t ask that question. Maybe CNN didn’t want the answer.

Image via Bauman’s Facebook page.
Description reads: “Me and my good friend former President William Jefferson Clinton….and the Teamsters Eagle..”

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