DNC Affiliates Increase Involvement In Seth Rich Case After Wheeler Claims

William Craddick's picture

Via Disobedient Media

Last week, Fox 5 DC's report incited a storm of controversy after former D.C. police homicide detective Rod Wheeler stated that there was tangible evidence on murdered Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich's laptop suggesting that he was communicating with Wikileaks prior to his death. The story generated a large amount of outrage, with outlets like the Washington Post and Vice labelling it a "conspiracy theory" and claiming that it had no basis in fact. But details regarding the political affiliation of spokespeople and representatives of the Rich family appear to indicate that the DNC may be prioritizing its own interests, minimizing alleged political elements to the tragedy.

I. Legal Representatives And Spokespeople For Rich Family Have Ties To DNC, Crime Connected Unions

Since Fox 5 DC's report, a number of individuals speaking on behalf of the Rich family have blasted Fox News and Rod Wheeler for speaking out on the case. Rich family spokesman Brad Bauman insisted that anyone who continued to push the story either had a "transparent political agenda," or were a sociopath. But an August 2016 tweet from Wikileaks revealed that Bauman is a crisis public relations consultant working with the Pastorum Group. A media release from the Pastorum Group reveals that Bauman previously worked for the DNC and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The SEIU has previously been reported by the Wall Street Journal as a "top spender" for the Democrats, openly endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016 and actively assisted in her campaign. It has been widely criticized by some groups for the involvement of union members in crimes including embezzlement, criminal conspiracy, perjury and identity theft. The SEIU is also a client of the Strategic Consulting Group, which was founded by the Democratic operative Robert Creamer. In 2016, Creamer was implicated in footage obtained by journalist James O'Keefe which revealed that Creamer was engaging in voting fraud and violent disruption of political events, sometimes using his connections to unions who were as clients of his.

Bauman's past professional ties to the DNC and the SEIU raise questions about the vehemence with which he has attacked journalists reporting on the circumstances of Seth Rich's murder.

On May 19th, Rod Wheeler was sent a cease and desist letter on behalf of the Rich family by Joseph Ingrisano of the law firm Kutak Rock LLP. Kutak Rock has a long history of incredibly close affiliation with DNC politicians. The law firm donated $21,850 and $13,400 to President Barack Obama during his 2008 and 2012 campaigns, respectively. Kutak also gave $11,800 to Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential bid.

Kutak also has ties to the Rose Law Firm, which was at the center of the infamous Whitewater Controversy during the 1990's. Hillary Clinton as well as White House staffer Vince Foster both practiced law at Rose, though Clinton has sought to distance herself from the firm given the allegations of scandal that surrounded it. On April 13th, 1998, Arkansas Business reported that a number of attorneys from Rose left the firm for Kutak Rock. Kutak Rock continues to maintain offices in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Pro-Democrat interests have also taken to Change.org to attack companies advertising with Fox 5 DC. The boycott campaign is organized by Karl Frisch, a former senior fellow at propaganda group Media Matters for America who spent his time at the organization helping develop "long-term strategy to target Fox News as a political actor."

II. Rich Family's Statements To The Public Are Inconsistent With Those Of Their Representatives

Despite the instance of representatives to the contrary, the Rich family have released multiple statements expressing gratitude to individuals privately attempting to help answer questions surrounding Rich's murder and indicating fatigue at efforts from both sides to politicize the tragedy. On April 24th, Seth Rich's parents released a video thanking those who had "stepped forward" to help identify their son's killers and donated to the family's GoFundMe. A May 18th update to the GoFundMe page by Seth Rich's brother Aaron exhibited a general annoyance at third parties who were using the family for political motives. He asked for help that would allow the family to solve Rich's murder without having to "rely on aid offered with strings."

Message from Seth Rich's brother criticizing "third parties" for politicizing Rich's murder

The Rich family themselves appears divided on who was responsible for Seth Rich's murder. Rich's cousin, Jonathan Rich, told Sean Hannity on Twitter that he suspected Rich might have been in touch with Wikileaks. The topic clearly continues to remain controversial for the family.

III. The Investigation Into Rich's Murder Has Been Marked By Incompetence

Facts about the investigation into Rich's murder continue to raise concerns about the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department's efforts to identify Seth Rich's killers. The public incident report filed after Rich's death shows that several officers who responded to the scene of the crime were wearing body cameras. But the Metropolitan Police claimed the footage was "lost" when met with requests to release the videos, which might have provided important clues. A May 21st, 2017 report by World Net Daily has also established that police failed to speak with staff at Lou’s City Bar (where Rich was last seen alive) to enquire about whether they had any pertinent evidence.

Even stranger, police chief Cathy Lanier resigned just a month after Rich's death. Her replacement, Peter Newsham, has been plagued by past allegations of alcoholism and domestic violence. Newsham was also accused of severely mishandling a rape case after the family of an 11 year old girl alleged that he allowed the victim to be charged with filing a false report despite several medical accounts detailing her sexual injuries and genetic evidence indicating that she had been abused by multiple assailants.

It is also not clear why police would seize Rich's laptop for an investigation into what was supposed to be a robbery gone bad. The Washington Post claimed that neither the FBI nor the police were in possession of Rich's laptop. But this claim contradicts a report by the Washington Examiner which cited a former law enforcement official who stated that the laptop was examined during the investigation.

Whether the truth about who killed Seth Rich will emerge or not remains to be seen. In the aftermath of Fox 5 DC's claims, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom claimed he would provide proof that Seth Rich was the source of Wikileaks DNC email release on May 23rd. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has additionally hinted that while Wikileaks never discloses their own sources, other parties may hold important information concerning Seth Rich's potential communications with the publisher.

Should information emerge showing that Seth Rich did in fact act as a source for Wikileaks, the intense denials from national media outlets and the intimate involvement of figures tied to the DNC in the case will undoubtedly fuel renewed allegations of a politically motivated cover up.

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Lynn Trainor's picture

I hope that Zero Hedge covers this Seth Rich story more.  Looks like Podesta's fingerprints are all over this case.

Herr Deux's picture


Been watching George Webb daily. Dude is all over this case.

Obvious cover-up. Obvious hit job by Clinton/Podesta.   Obvious ties to attempts to stop WikiLeaks.

The b.s. about Russia isn't worth discussing. It's just a concerted effort to obfuscate the real story. The DNC is totally corrupt, they engaged in election fraud, they stole money, and they killed anybody they felt the need to.

Not to imply that the reublicans are any better, mind you.

Hydra's tenticles are everywhere. George "Captain America" Webb is my new hero.

Why isn't he getting more headlines here? He only seems to show up in the comments.

DuneCreature's picture

So anything new on the Seth Rich case this morning?

Live Hard, I Figured I Might As Well By-Pass CNN And Fox And Come Straight To ZH, die Free

~ DC v5.0

Northern Flicker's picture

Dune - this is worth reading if you haven't seen it.  Posted by SummerSausage below:


DuneCreature's picture

Yes, I did skim through that link the other day.

I've been onto Comey since maybe a year or two ago. If you've read many of my posts since just before and after the election you would know I know about Slippery Jim / HSBC / Lockheed / his Clinton cover-up(s) connection, etc.. .... I'm not knocking your info in any way because nobody reads everything here and I know my ranting is not to everyone's taste, shall we say.

The interesting thing was Session's seizing Comey's files and computer. ... Dogs Almighty! I hope that is true. ... That means Sessions is onto Slippery Jim and the firing was VERY hostile. .. The only thing worse that could have been done is arresting Slippery on-the-spot.

The Deep State / Ass Wipes Inc should be freaking out. .. Comey was their caped Cover-Up Super Hero guy with magical powers, if he goes a lot of things and pirates should get sucked down the vortex.

Thanks for the links, NF & SS. ..... Keep them coming for everyone.

I'll pretend like I haven't seen them. LOL!!

Live Hard, Besides, Review IS GOOD!, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

missionshk's picture

loretta lynch met bill on the tarmack and gave him the identity o f the leaker through hidden watermarks that are oon all printers.   bill then hired Seth and 4 days later he was dead..

the investigation has been squashed at every turn

the law only cares to cover it up, not investigate it

seth was killed by the law

comey was behind it somehow..


DuneCreature's picture

Spread sheet file watermarks?

Or something that was actually printed out?

Seth had only been on DNC staff for four days?

Do you have a link on that info?

Live Hard, Thanks In Advance If You Can Post Additional Data, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

pc_babe's picture

The family seems more concerned about their standing and reputation within the DNC, than getting answers to the cause of death of their son.

Declaration of faith, the Shahada: “There is no god except the DNC.”

LIBTARDs ... ya gotta love 'em

cosmyccowboy's picture

   just a case of sacrifising your first born for the greater good....

LOL123's picture

"Under the freedom of information act signed in law in 1966 " the government is " we the people", and we the people have the right to know what the government knows....What sufficent reason does the government ( police are under the government public officals) have to withhold requested information?

Public disclosure of private facts ( lap top information) "is an invasion of privacy only if the information is offensive and objectionable to a person of ordinary sensiblities....telling others information that is contained in public records- a court file or the county clerks office or findings on a laptop in a police report does not constitute an invasion of privacy . The press can report "newsworthy" events even though the facts are private."

That Seth Rich forwarded emails to wikileaks has been established by various Sources and therefor is in the public area of newsworthyness and investigation...in my opinion, but then I'm just a citizen seeking the truth from sources who have pertainent information which could benefit the nation as a whole.

..The cease and desist letter is a giant red flag.

cosmyccowboy's picture

 a song comes to mind,  if i had a hammer....

Grandad Grumps's picture

Peter "New Sham" ... oh come on, pleaaaaase!

Everyone incompetent enough to destroy evidence needs to be put in jail and accounted as an accessory after the fact.

bardot63's picture

DNC and dem elites have modern history of buying off families, starting with Mary Jo. Kopechne's.  Hannity has vowed to keep this story on the front burner. Hannity should stay out of Ft. Marcy Park and hire a food taster.

SummerSausage's picture

It's worth remembering that Clinton was the first to fire an FBI director and he did so the day before Vince Foster shot himself in the back of his head.

FIAT CON's picture

To all non believers, I suppose you think that there are very corrupt gov's and leaders in other countries but this cannot be happening here in murica....

 Go back to sitcoms, comic books and the Kardashian's at least you woun't get on the way.

dexter_morgan's picture

It's early Tuesday morning in New Zealand..............

MrBoompi's picture

I wonder if anyone (DNC or affiliate) has made payments to the family?  I know a few million bucks won't bring their son back, but it might be enough to keep the family from seeking prosecution in any serious way.  

lastdance's picture

worked with the  Kopechnes


FIAT CON's picture

Rich family spokesman Brad Bauman insisted that anyone who continued to push the story either had a "transparent political agenda," or were a sociopath.

Isn't Brad including himself in his statement!

Isn't he a DNC Crisis manager!

 Wouldn't they  ( DNC) consider this a crisis!

silentboom's picture

Yes and the family says the opposite....thanking people for looking into it.

Gen. Ripper's picture

You don't get a name like (((Rich))) by straight playing

Joebloinvestor's picture

It was a well known fact that if any Kennedy got involved in an accident in DC the watch commander would take over.


Not a big surprise they would cover up a political murder.

missionshk's picture




This is what Anonymous said:

  • Seth Rich was shot twice in the back.
  • He sustained a “small injury” to his liver and “several small bowel injuries” — none of which was fatal.
  • He was taken to the operating room, where his injuries were treated.
  • He was then moved to ICU (Intensive Care Unit) where he received blood transfusion. He was stable, his blood pressure normal.
  • 8 hours after Rich arrived at the hospital, the place “swarmed” with law enforcement officers. Everyone, except the attending physician and a few nurses, was kicked out of the ICU. There were no visiting hours, which is abnormal for ICU.
  • That morning, Anonymous and the other doctors were instructed not to make rounds (visits) on “the VIP that came in last night” (Seth Rich).
  • When Rich died, no one other than the attending physician was allowed to see him. There was no code alert or call for a cardiopulmonary resuscitation team. Although Anonymous was with a patient in the next room, he/she was blocked from attending to Rich.
  • At the time, Anonymous couldn’t understand why the patient Rich was treated that way and thought the whole thing to be “fishy”. Later, when he found out that the patient was Seth Rich, Anonymous “was terrified”.

Here’s a screenshot of Anonymous’ post (click to enlarge):

4chan deletes its contents at the end of each day, but the thread on which Anonymous had posted was briefly archived, which enabled me to copy what Anonymous wrote (see below) before the archived thread was removed.

Below are Anonymous’ post and his responses to 4chan readers’ queries:

Anonymous (ID: rhotYJAg) 05/17/17(Wed)13:12:50 No.125912863:

4th year surgery resident here who rotated at WHC (Washington Hospital Center) last year, it won’t be hard to identify me but I feel that I shouldn’t stay silent.

Seth Rich was shot twice, with 3 total gunshot wounds (entry and exit, and entry). He was taken to the OR emergently [sic] where we performed an exlap and found a small injury to segment 3 of the liver which was packed and several small bowel injuries (pretty common for gunshots to the back exiting the abdomen) which we resected ~12cm of bowel and left him in discontinuity (didn’t hook everything back up) with the intent of performing a washout in the morning. He did not have any major vascular injuries otherwise. I’ve seen dozens of worse cases than this which survived and nothing about his injuries suggested to me that he’d sustained a fatal wound.

Note: “OR” means operating room; “exlap” refers to exploratory laparotomy — is a surgical operation where the abdomen is opened and the abdominal organs examined for injury or disease. It is the standard of care in various blunt and penetrating trauma situations in which there may be multiple life-threatening injuries; “resected” means cut off or remove.

In the meantime he was transferred to the ICU and transfused 2 units of blood when his post-surgery crit came back ~20. He was stable and not on any pressors, and it seemed pretty routine. About 8 hours after he arrived we were swarmed by LEOs and pretty much everyone except the attending and a few nurses was kicked out of the ICU (disallowing visiting hours -normally every odd hour, eg 1am, 3am, etc- is not something we do routinely). It was weird as hell. At turnover that morning we were instructed not to round on the VIP that came in last night (that’s exactly what the attending said, and no one except for me and another resident had any idea who he was talking about).

Note: “post-surgery crit” is post-surgery critical care, referring to the patient’s  hematocrit level, i.e., the percentage of red blood cells circulating in the blood; “pressor” means “tending to increase blood pressure”; “LEOs” is law enforcement officers; “not to round” means not to make bedside visits.

No one here was allowed to see Seth except for my attending when he died. No code was called. I rounded on patients literally next door but was physically blocked from checking in on him. I’ve never seen anything like it before, and while I can’t say 100% that he was allowed to die, I don’t understand why he was treated like that. Take it how you may, /pol/, I’m just one low level doc. Something’s fishy though, that’s for sure.

Note: “No code was called” means no emergency alert was sounded for a cardiopulmonary resuscitation team; “/pol/” refers to “politically incorrect” posts on 4chan.

A commenter challenged Anonymous:

prove you are not a larper.
what are the list of medications you administered throughout the entire process?

Note: “a larper” is someone who engages in larp or live action role playing, i.e., someone online pretending to be someone else.

Anonymous (ID: rhotYJAg) 05/17/17(Wed)13:26:47 No.125914751:

When he [Seth Rich] arrived to the trauma ward he had LR running, I don’t keep up with how much he got but less than 2 liters before we rolled to the OR.

Note: “LR” is Lactated Ringers (solution), a common fluid replacement for patients who have lost blood or other body fluids; “PRBC” is packed red blood cells; “FFP” is fresh frozen plasma.

No transfusion was done in trauma; the massive transfusion protocol was started because he was hypotensive on arrival but by the time the cooler (4u PRBC, 2u FFP) was ready we were on the way to the OR and honestly I don’t remember if he got any of it beforehand; he responded well to just IVF resuscitation so we went ahead with the surgery any just ended up giving him 2 units afterwards (the crit we got in trauma was returned just after we left and was low, ~24 IIRC but it wasn’t communicated to us… teamwork fail for sure but that can happen when we’re rushing to the OR)

Note: “hypotensive” means abnormally low blood pressure.

As for the rest of the meds? You’d have to ask anesthesia I guess. He didn’t need anything from us in the ICU except a propofol/fentanyl drip to maintain sedation while intubated but that’s pretty par for the course. The important part was that he was hemodynamically stable and not requiring pressors.

Anonymous (ID: rhotYJAg) 05/17/17(Wed)13:36:13 No.125915975

I haven’t spoken to the attending who was on staff that night but the other resident I was with that night doesn’t remember it in any clarity (he was called to traumas as part of his rotation but that was ancillary to his ICU -different ICU btw- duties). Basically he said, “yeah that was weird, right?” At the time we were way more concerned with the rising class / new interns (July 1st is a terrifying time to be a patient lol) to make much notice… it always stuck in my head as something super bizarre but it was a long time before I even realized it was Seth Rich. When he arrived he was assigned by our system a trauma number, not a name as his patient ID. I only knew him at that time as Tra### (no freaking way that I remember the actual number). When it came to light who he was a while later I was floored. And terrified.

Anonymous (ID: rhotYJAg) 05/17/17(Wed)13:39:36 No.125916400

Nope, nothing in the head so no freaking way we’d CT before going to the OR with a clear intraabdominal GSW. No need to FAST or anything, just stabilize and go to the OR

Note: “CT” is CAT scan; “GSW” is gunshot wound.

One could always just increase the propofol drip or give him a ton of roc and screw with the vent settings. No idea if that happened but it’d be easy if you have the right meds and access

Anonymous (ID: rhotYJAg) 05/17/17(Wed)13:53:57 No.125918189

He had two holes in his right flank and one in the left upper quadrant. In trauma you always assume by protocol that 3 holes = 3 bullets but it was pretty clear that he was shot twice by the trajectory of the bullet (eg, his liver injury). I’ve also seen enough GSWs to know that the media doesn’t get the number right every time.

Yeah, I’m not going to do that. Way too dangerous.

Alright anons it’s been swell but I’ll be gone for the next few hours for regular residency meeting / journal club BS. Take everything you read especially from the MSM with a grain of salt as usual but don’t stop digging.

PleasedToMeatYou's picture

Thanks missionshk .  This should be a ZH article in itself - great post. 

...almost as good as a chindit13 post.  /s

William Dorritt's picture

Rich's Parents went Silent because it was hurting Hilary during the election.

spanish inquisition's picture

Thugs or pro's took Seth out? Thugs would of been eliminated by now because they always talk, check missing persons reports for the next week after his murder. Pro's may of been cleaned up by other pro's, but they don't usually wind up in the missing persons reports.

oncefired's picture

Had to be Thugs, if it was Pro's...He would have been shot in the back of the head

Bogdog's picture

Yep. But then you have all this shit that goes down at the hospital, which scream for further investigation. So maybe the guys who shot him were Pro but just incompetent. One piece of tape on a door sank the Watergate burglers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Wills_(security_guard)

They were supposedly "pros" too.

SRV's picture

Two likely suspects murdered in Myrtle Beach the next day... a common CIA tactic to hire scum to do the hit them take them out... no lose ends.

Sorry I didn't keep a link but it was a local paper.

FIAT CON's picture

In one of George's videos he speaks of a double murder that happened shortly after the killing of seth.

Iconoclast421's picture

Guy gets murdered by tentacle of DNC, and you are a sociopath for wanting answers !

ConnectingTheDots's picture

The article states:"Metropolitan Police claimed the footage was "lost" when met with requests to release the videos"

What is the point of even having cameras if public access cannot be had?

Whoever is in charge of this process should be fired.

Herr Deux's picture

doesn't our beloved NSA have copies?

It cracks me up whenever they say they "lost" video...as if the NSA doesn't have a digital copy of everything.

Doesn't the car and body cam video automatically download as soon as the camera connects to the wifi system?

CompleteAphasia's picture

Plenty of noise will be made but nothing substantive will be done. 

PleasedToMeatYou's picture

"Crime Connected Unions" = redundant all over again repeatedly

atlasRocked's picture

The statements from the left are exhibits of deception, not incompetence.  Any competent interrogator can see the left is lying about this.


hooligan2009's picture

hmmm. the WaPo and other MSM, plus the DNC guilty in obstructing justics, conspiracy and murder?

not that the other 10,000 people murdered over the last 8 months are not equally important, but this smacks of murder for profit and political gain running into tens of billions of dollars from federal contracts via a run for presidency (busted apart thank god).


deoxy's picture

The DNC should have hired Black, Manafort and Stone.

numapepi's picture

The only entity in the history of the universe that is rewarded for incompetence... government.

Synoia's picture

Please read the Peter Principle, and then the follow on book.

mary mary's picture

Glenn Beck was right!  And still is.

SummerSausage's picture

Wonder why the FBI isn't involved? Because it's their job to cover up for the swamp. Here's a reminder of how Comey got rich burying and ignoring scandals  http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=72788

mike_king's picture

The FBI is as corrupt and against real Americans as the CIA. Disband/dissolve both. They do nothing to make our lives better. For most of the the US's history, we had neither.

chubbar's picture

Aren't there any decent FBI and/or DC cops around any longer? I guess not. Anyone of those agents with verifiable intel on this case could blow it wide open by appearing on Hannity and exposing the truth. Come on guys, grow a pair!

FIAT CON's picture

In this vid it is described how the new cia members take an oath to the cia and how they and their family will be destroyed if they brake it. John Kiriakou, CIA whistle blower part 1

343 Guilty Spark's picture

They are trying.  An FBI source confirmed what the DC Private Investigator claimed.  Basically, this FBI agent claimed he saw Seth Rich's laptop and the emails from the DNC that were sent to Wikileaks.  Considering what happened to Seth Rich though, I am not surprised that this FBI source is staying anonymous.


Edit: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2017/05/18/fbi-whistleblower-claims-...

Anarchyteez's picture

The DNC are murderous traitorous scum.

DocinPA's picture

There's a reason "Arkancide" is a word.

Reaper's picture

Occam's razor's obvious: Seth and Assange, both had opportunity+motive+means. Seth, his family, the MSM, the politically appointed police and others were true believers, who love their god, the Demorat party, too dearly to accept the truth. There is a trail of dead bodies behind the Clintons. Kim Dotcom had the motive+opportunity+means to enable Seth+Assange. Comey, at best Inspector Clouseau, is a corrupt political hack with a long history of covering for the Clintons beginning with New Square's 4 rabbis and the Marc Rich pardon.

Clinton/DNC apparatchiks arranged Seth's murder.

hazardous77's picture

Seems to me, as an independent observer of the political morass this great USA has devolved into, that Seth was obviously dispatched by the same 'team' that took care of Vince Foster, Ron Brown and several others. 

What truly is astounding appears to be the fact that those 'behind the scene' of this obvious Democrat's problem solving methodology appear to be the most vocal purveryors of the anti-Putin agenda claiming that he is Evil because he murders his political opponents!  Diabolical, is it not?