[Ed. – To be honest, it sounds like somebody’s got this guy — Rod Wheeler — terrorized. This sounds too conveniently manufactured, like so much of the manure being slung in shadowy allegations and complaints that supposedly relate to Trump. There’s also the question why Wheeler would file a lawsuit over it. It’s not an obvious move, since Wheeler has suffered no apparent damage from the event. The lawsuit just looks like a bid on someone’s part to publicize some manufactured “dirt.” Interestingly, I didn’t see much, if anything, being done with the allegation by news outlets today.]
According to [private investigator Rod] Wheeler, [a] Republican donor, Dallas financier Ed Butowsky, and the Fox journalist, Malia Zimmerman, were preparing a story alleging that the murder victim, 27-year-old Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, had been communicating with WikiLeaks, suggesting that Rich rather than the Russians leaked stolen DNC emails.
In their chat that day, they told Wheeler that an unnamed FBI source confirmed that Rich had exchanged emails with WikiLeaks, crucial corroboration for their story, according to the lawsuit. The alleged motive was “to shift the blame from Russia and help put to bed speculation that President Trump colluded with Russia in an attempt to influence the outcome of the Presidential election,” Wheeler said in the complaint.
Wheeler also claimed that Butowsky kept White House officials appraised of their progress on the story and showed it to Trump before it was published. “Not to add any more pressure but the president just read the article,” Butowsky said in a May 14 text message to Wheeler, according to the lawsuit. “He wants the article out immediately. It’s now all up to you, but don’t feel the pressure.”