(Tea Party PAC) – Back in July it was reported that Ed Butowsky, a Texas businessman, filed a lawsuit against reporter Ellen Ratner claiming she was his source of information about DNC operative Seth Rich (pictured above).
If you’ll remember correctly, Rich was murdered in cold blood during the summer of 2016 in Washington, D.C. The murder has never been solved and there are tons of different theories floating around as to what might have been the motivation for his death, including a possible connection to the Clinton family.
As we all know, those who seem to know a lot about the Clintons and are preparing to speak out about them have a strangely high occurrence of suicide.
Anyway, as it turns out, the libel lawsuit that’s been filed is being allowed to continue by a judge, news that’s sure to upset the NPR.
Via Gateway Pundit:
Ms. Rattner said Mr. Assange told her that Seth Rich and his brother, Aaron, were responsible for releasing the DNC emails to Wikileaks. Ms. Rattner said Mr. Assange wanted the information relayed to Seth’s parents, as it might explain the motive for Seth’s murder.
On November 9, 2016 Ellen Ratner admitted publicly that she met with Julian Assange for three hours the Saturday before the 2016 election. According to Ratner, Julian Assange told her the leaks were not from, they were not from the Russians, they were an internal source from the Hillary Campaign.
We later reported that Butowsky and his attorney, Ty Clevenger, requested and obtained documents from the FBI related to their case which we were able to analyze.
According to the duo, they obtained the transcript from former FBI Chief of Staff James Rybicki where he states that the Obama White House was the entity that was pushing the Russia conspiracy as early as October 2016 –
Clevenger stated in a post online that –
Newly released documents from the FBI suggest that the Obama White House pushed intelligence agencies to publicly blame the Russians for email leaks from the Democratic National Committee to Wikileaks.
This afternoon I received an undated (and heavily redacted) transcript of an interview of James Rybicki, former chief of staff to former FBI Director James Comey, that includes this excerpt: “So we understand that at some point in October of 2016, there was, I guess, a desire by the White House to make some kind of statement about Russia’s…” and then the next page is omitted.
The comment is made by an unidentified prosecutor from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel or “OSC,” not to be confused with the office of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller (the OSC is a permanent office that investigates Hatch Act violations, and Mr. Comey was under investigation for trying to influence the 2016 Presidential election).
On Wednesday a judge announced that he would permit a libel suit against NPR for their reporting about Butowsky’s role in publicizing assertions that the murdered DNC staffer, Seth Rich, may have been involved in leaking Democratic emails.
Far left Politico reported –
NPR argued that many of the claims in its reports, like assertions that Fox’s reporting on the Rich murder was “baseless” and “fake news,” amounted to opinion and not the kind of factual claims that can be the basis for a libel suit.
But Mazzant disagreed.
“The statements made by Folkenflik were made as verifiable statements of fact,” the judge wrote. “The statements at issue were not merely expressing a subjective view. Looking at the context of the verifiable facts, nothing shows the statements expressed Folkenflik’s opinion or merely offer Folkenflik’s personal perspective on disputed facts.”
NPR claimed that FOX News reports on the Seth Rich murder were ‘fake news’, but it now looks like they were the ones pushing ‘fake news’.
Sean Hannity reported and has not retracted his statements about Seth Rich which were in agreement with Butowsky’s claims –
Fox News prime-time host Sean Hannity publicly declared that he was not retracting his statements about Rich’s murder, including unproven claims that Rich might have been killed because of some role in leaking Democratic National Committee emails that U.S. officials say Russia hacked into and handed off to WikiLeaks.
Roger Stone, a friend of President Trump’s, is currently facing charges from Special Counsel Robert Mueller based on the question, “who gave the DNC the Podesta emails to WikiLeaks?”
The FBI has alleged, along with the Mueller team, that the emails were taken from a DNC server after it had been hacked. The problem here is that they didn’t inspect the server in question so there’s no actual proof this happened.
Instead, the Democratic National Committee hired Crowdstrike, a company with connections to both Robert Mueller and Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who then provided a heavily redacted report to Mueller and the FBI saying these emails were hacked by Russians.
Bill Binney, a former NSA whistleblower, claims that he has proof these emails were not hacked, but copied to some sort of flashdrive or similar technology.
At the end of the day, whoever is responsible for Rich’s death needs to be brought to justice, regardless of how powerful said foe might be. Let’s hope this lawsuit keeps the investigation in the forefront of the public eye so that maybe something will be done.