When FOX 5 initially interviewed investigator Rod Wheeler about the Seth Rich case, Wheeler stated he believes there’s a cover-up at the DC Police department and keys to the murder are located within a laptop:

“The police department nor the FBI have been forthcoming,” said Wheeler. “They haven’t been cooperating at all. I believe that the answer to solving his death lies on that computer, which I believe is either at the police department or either at the FBI. I have been told both.”

Wheeler also told us, “I have a source inside the police department that has looked at me straight in the eye and said, ‘Rod, we were told to stand down on this case and I can’t share any information with you.’ Now, that is highly unusual for a murder investigation, especially from a police department. Again, I don’t think it comes from the chief’s office, but I do believe there is a correlation between the mayor’s office and the DNC and that is the information that will come out [Tuesday].

One would think CNN, and other stations with a liberal bent would want to focus on a possible murder cover-up, or the whereabouts (and contents) of Rich’s computer. While Fox stated “Rod Wheeler backtracks statements about Seth Rich investigation,” as clarification to the updated link, it failed (thanks to CNN’s intrepid journalism) to explain how clarifying one statement erases the validity of others, or specify that most statements were never backtracked.

In addition, something overlooked by everyone trying to discredit Wheeler is that he clearly states “I believe that the answer to solving his death lies on that computer, which I believe is either at the police department or either at the FBI.”

So, Wheeler states there’s a cover-up.

Wheeler states he does not know the whereabouts of Seth Rich’s computer, which he believes holds the truth regarding potential ties to WikiLeaks.

Two claims that have nothing to do with a source at the FBI, since other pieces of circumstantial evidence bolster both claims.

Apparently, CNN’s Oliver Darcy doesn’t care about both clearly stated claims, and made no mention of these claims in his recent hit piece on Wheeler, prompting establishment media to proclaim victory in the Seth Rich murder narrative.

Oliver Darcy, a senior media reporter at CNN wrote a piece titled Story on DNC staffer’s murder dominated conservative media — hours later it fell apart. When reading the title, one might think this story is purely about political partisanship, rather than a murder investigation that’s provided no leads after one year. However, it’s almost certain Rod Wheeler doesn’t view himself to be a mouthpiece for conservative media and the Rich family hired him for his expertise.

Aside from clickbait, the headline is deceptive for numerous other reasons. First, the Seth Rich murder has been on the hearts and minds of progressives throughout the United States, not just conservatives. Second, the fact Wheeler might not speak to a source at the FBI has absolutely zero relevance to his claims of a DC Police Department cover-up, or other aspects of this unsolved case. Most importantly, Darcy wrote the following message to me today on Twitter:

Great, show us the email, Oliver Darcy!

The screenshot of the Tweet (in case Darcy pulls a Cenk Uygur), and the Tweet itself speak volumes. First, it’s highly doubtful Rod Wheeler would agree entirely with the headline Story on DNC staffer’s murder dominated conservative media — hours later it fell apart.

Darcy’s mystery “Wheeler email” almost certainly doesn’t condone CNN’s misleading headline. If anything, the majority of the Fox interview was about something other than an FBI source. Wheeler clearly spoke about the D.C. Police Department cover-up (and Rich’s laptop) for the majority of his short interview with FOX 5 and it’s telling that FOX and CNN’s Darcy fail to make that distinction.

In terms of Darcy’s article (a piece that everyone in the “Seth Rich was killed by two bullets in the back from a botched robbery” crowd used as political ammunition), the CNN piece is more of a public relations press release, than actual investigative journalism. Rod Wheeler clearly states he doesn’t have possession of the computer, and clearly states he believes DC Police aren’t doing their job. Both claims are ignored by Darcy’s laser-focus on these quote, introduced by specious introductions:

Wheeler instead said he only learned about the possible existence of such evidence through the reporter he spoke to for the FoxNews.com 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.


For a breakthrough article in the Seth Rich saga, Wheeler is hardly quoted at all (short, likely out of context quotes) in the over 800 word CNN piece. Interestingly, nobody knows what [information] Darcy is referring to in one quote of Wheeler, nor does the reader know the actual question Wheeler answered.

Mr. Darcy, do you think it’s somewhat important to show readers the question Wheeler answered with “I only got that [information] from the reporter at Fox News,” and not simply your summary of the question?

Then Wheeler clearly refutes Darcy’s thesis, that an FBI source is the only basis for other claims, within this Fox interview on Hannity:

In the interview on Fox, Wheeler states he has a source, but doesn’t specify only an FBI source; the maniacal focus of Darcy’s CNN piece.

Take note, CNN, because at 2:10 of the Hannity interview, Wheeler states “I have never the seen the emails myself directly, I haven’t even seen the computer that Seth Rich used… I don’t even know where the computer is… where did this information come from… there was a federal investigator… a person that’s very credible… he said he laid eyes on the computer and he laid eyes on the case file… it’s very consistent for a person with my experience… perhaps there were some email communications between Seth and WikiLeaks… every time I talk to the police department about the WikiLeaks or the emails, it’s automatically shut down…that discussion is automatically shut down.”

Why would that discussion be automatically shut down by DC Police? Any thoughts, Oliver Darcy?

WikiLeaks has a decade-long pristine reputation for accuracy; they’ve only published authentic documents. Unlike spy agencies or news organizations linked to political parties, Wikileaks is not affiliated with any American political group, despite the belief by some that DNC or Podesta emails (that CNN used to fire Donna Brazile and the DNC used to fire Debbie Wasserman Schultz) swayed the election. It could be quite meaningful that WikiLeaks offered a reward for information about Seth Rich’s murder, and Tweeted about the case six times, including one Julian Assange retweet of the original Fox story:

Assange retweeted:

WikiLeaks also retweeted the following:

These six Tweets were sent at different times after the latest Fox story, and there are potentially a greater number of WikiLeaks Tweets since last year, after Seth Rich was murdered.

Is CNN’s Oliver Darcy claiming that 5 retweets by WikiLeaks and one by Julian Assange have zero relevance to this case?

It’s highly doubtful WikiLeaks or Assange would go out of their way to retweet various pieces of information pertaining to the Seth Rich case, if there was no link whatsoever to Seth Rich. In addition, this doesn’t mean Seth Rich was the WikiLeaks source. It only means there’s a possible connection (Rich might have been involved, in some way with WikiLeaks) due to the Podesta emails stating Clinton’s campaign chairman was willing to make an example of leakers, or the WikiLeaks reward, etc.

Darcy’s overt disregard for Wheeler’s claim of a cover-up and his statements on the importance of Seth Rich’s laptop also discredits CNN’s obvious hit piece on Wheeler.

Ultimately, we have the Comey memo in the news, but Americans must now see the “Darcy email.”

If your email, Mr. Darcy, shows that Rod Wheeler approves 100% of the title Story on DNC staffer’s murder dominated conservative media — hours later it fell apart, then I’ll offer a sincere apology and retract my claims that you’ve deceived people regarding this topic.

Until then, there’s a possible cover-up at the DC Police Department, and a laptop that holds the keys to the Seth Rich murder is nowhere to be found. Even if Wheeler had an IRS or NASA contact as a source, or any other federal employee, those two issues (DC Police cover-up and laptop information) would remain just as relevant, and sadly, just as ignored by people like CNN’s Oliver Darcy.

Dianne Feinstein and James Clapper have both stated categorically that no direct evidence of Trump colluding with Russia exists (to their knowledge), yet circumstantial ties have dominated American media. If the same logic is applied to the Seth Rich case, circumstantial evidence points to far more than a failed robbery. Thankfully, more people care about potential police corruption, or the fate of whistleblowers, than CNN and establishment pundits.

Finally, millions of progressives, liberals, independents, and people who never vote Republican want justice for Seth Rich. To claim it’s only of interest to right-wing conspiracy theorists isn’t only disingenuous, but ignores a large portion of the United States wondering at this moment if there’s indeed a Seth Rich cover-up.

For a complete explanation of why CNN’s latest journalistic hit piece actually exonerates Rod Wheeler, just watch my critique of CNN:

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  1. Everyday I find myself thanking the universe for real journalists like you H.A. And David SEAMAN the only two credible journalists around . SETH CONRAD RICH DIED SO HE COULD BRING US THE TRUTH ! You are honoring him by sharing it people !! Share share share !!

    1. Hard Bastard, Nico House and the Sane Progressive also seem still have integrity. Tim Black and Jimmy Dore both need to quit giving Ro Khana a free pass on his fundraising and his Clinton ties. Mike Figueredo of the Humanist Report is now aligned with TYT, but I’ve yet to see him compromise his integrity.

  2. I don’t know HA about this Wheeler guy. I completely believe the DNC had him murdered and that Seth was the leaker. But the wheeler guy said on Fox News that he had sources and the next day he was going to have some serious statements that will blow it wide open then the next day comes and nothing. I blame it not so much in Wheeler but Fox News pulling a CNN and now CNN has ammo to tear it apart.

    1. The family has stated numerous times that they have an NDA with Wheeler that he can only disclose case-related info to the family and the police and specifically not the media. He’s trying to avoid being sued

    2. [sorry, the link didn’t display properly, let’s try again]

      I assume by now you’ve seen the new Rod Wheeler interview? If not, here is the link: Wheeler Interview (June 2017)

      In the interview Wheeler provides details that I think will address your concerns. It is a very important interview in the Seth Rich case in my view.

  3. CNN as well as MSNBC will do anything to keep the truth from coming our because they were both implicated for their collusion with the DNC in trying to sabotage the Sanders campaign. That is why the Russian hacking story was invented. Keep sharing the truth widely and post comments on CNN’s sites

    1. No, the Russian hacking story was invented to swing the election away from Trump and, when that didn’t work, to discredit him to the point that either the electoral college would abandon him or he would be removed from office if inaugurated.

  4. first Wheeler was hired by the Rich family 2 investigate Seth’s murder bit then somehow this DNC hack Brad Bauman gets involved and tries 2 shut the investigation down. Wheeler mentioned on Hannitys show that there was a man who contacted the police and the Rich family and was wondering why Wheeler was “snooping” around. Is Bauman the man that Wheeler was talking about? Was Bauman sent by the DNC 2 threaten the Rich family? Because Bauman, the ” apparent ” family spoken, is backing Wheeler and everyone else off by threatening 2 sue if the ‘Seth Rich murder conspiracy theory’ continues. I suspect Bauman has threatened the Rich family in some way.

  5. I’m surprised no one mentions the suprising death of Shawn Lucas, who filed the first DNC lawsuit. It’s potentially very dangerous to stick your head into the crossfire.

    The Daily Caller published one of these psy-op spineless smears about Set Rich Truth today, looking to isolate Rush Limbaugh’s support. That is not at all the way the beleaguered right wing media has been operating.

    Corruption needs to be rooted out; let all who have committed crimes be exposed and prosecuted. If that’s Left and Right, fine by me. Death to the Neo-con war profiteering.

  6. What’s amazing to me is that NORMALLY, the brazen (ahem, Putin-like) slaughter of a young, white, politically connected person on the streets of the nation’s capital would be a huge story, and the media would be demanding the authorities investigate with all due diligence and speed. The very fact that Rich’s murder received so little initial coverage is in itself suspicious given what Wikileaks revealed about the collusion between the DNC and so many prominent media figures.

    If this case is allowed to flounder with no resolution, America has indeed turned int a banana republic.

  7. and now Margaret Sullivan at Washington Post is quoting the Darcy article as debunking, smh, it is like they think we are not even paying a little attention

    1. Why does anyone read the Washington Post? The day my dog died, I canceled the Post. I had no more use for it.

  8. Dear Hector Augustine Goodman,

    HA, I extracted a few quotes, some purple prose, from a Media Matters article by the estimable Matt Gertz, a “Senior Fellow” there, so that you won’t have to wade through the hoohaw. As follows:

    5/22/2017 Media Matters article by Matt Gertz, entitled What’s behind Sean Hannity’s disgraceful Seth Rich conspiracy theories.

    * Hannity spent last night sending an increasingly frantic series of tweets about a deranged conspiracy theory.

    * Hannity devoted several editions of his shows diving into the fever swamp with widely debunked speculation…

    * This evidence-free nonsense…

    * While Hannity was pushing new, quickly debunked developments in the story…

    * Rich’s devastated, long-suffering family was demanding Fox retract its reporting on the murder [Hey Matt, I thought you said it was a botched robbery] and firing off a cease-and-desist letter to the “private investigator”…

    * …he invited on his show Kim Dotcom, a hacker “now fighting extradition to the United States on copyright infringement and wire fraud” who claims to have proof linking Rich and Wikileaks (none of this makes sense).

    * One of the conservative movement’s most powerful media figures is up to his neck in bullshit,…

    * Indeed, as the Fox host’s behavior continued, Podhoretz denounced Hannity’s “monstrous” conduct.

    * Is it so hard to accept that Hannity might be fully aware of all the evidence against his Seth Rich theory as well as the pain the family is going through, but nonetheless remain convinced that the Democrats employ assassins to conduct contract hits in retaliation for their employees’ misdeeds? Perhaps Hannity is simply gullible and stupid. It is certainly difficult to rule that out.

    * This sort of motivated reasoning (where individuals come to conclusions they are already inclined to believe, rather than accepting contrary information) is not unusual when a political movement is out of power — see the recent obsession of some progressives with the absurd conspiracy theories of Louise Mensch and her ilk.

    * Hannity is engaged in a cynical game for political and financial gain.

    * Hannity, an unrepentant Trump toady, uses the Rich tale as a way to undermine the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia was trying to help Trump win the election, in part by hacking Democratic party organizations and leaking the contents.

    * as The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel points out, “Very stupid people keep saying this, ignoring” two other separate hacks of Democrats that the intelligence community has attributed to the Russians.)

    * Whatever his reasons, Hannity’s promotion of this garbage and Fox’s apparent inability or unwillingness to rein him in speaks to the network’s larger problems in the Trump era.

    * Desperate to go on offense, Trump’s media allies are left with promoting conspiracy theories.

  9. Dare to mention the name Seth Rich in a comment thread and watch the fireworks begin. You’ll get accused of being a Hannity worshipper. I really think CTR is still funding a troll army all this time after the election. If not, then there must really be some thoroughly brainwashed democrats out there.

  10. We can only hope that the truth comes out and the DNC goes down and the BS Trump – Russia story is ended, all at the same time.
    As a Trump supporter I appreciate the common sense possessed by HA and other progressives.
    We are all tired of the insane left and the Washington Establishment.
    The MSM has absolutely no credibility at all, except for the mindless Trump haters.
    We can disagree on who would have been President if Bernie was not cheated by Clinton, but we are all in agreement that the DNC and the Democratic Party will have big problems if the truth comes out.

    One question though – why can’t Assange, in this extreme case, prove that Seth Rich was the man of the hour? He really should – the man can’t die in vain.

  11. As far as I know no one has been able to figure out for sure where they took Seth and who worked on him. He was conscious and talkative, so what did he say happened? Why hasn’t Hillary Clinton and/or the DNC added anything to the reward for information?

    The media hasn’t debunked much, if anything, and yet they’re acting like some very logical questions are completely ridiculous. Assange practically admits Seth was the leaker, police body cams are missing, computer is missing, toxicology report is not available, the bar owner who last saw Seth alive was at the white house 3 days before the murder, and a high power DNC fixer is speaking for Seth’s family, threatening their own private eye who has opened up a lot of questions.

    The smell of dead fish is all over this, and the wall-to-wall media freak-out indicates that there is way more to this than meets the eye. High level people are trying hard to quash the story, but the public isn’t cooperating.

  12. In the interest of Bauman’s client’s, and the Rich family, Brad Bauman will no doubt call for the FBI, and or the DCPD to release Seth Rich’s laptop data in a manner that we all can acknowledge as complete an un-redacted, as this is a national security issue, a criminal justice issue, a political issue, and a family grief issue. There is no other way to resolve these issues, and I have full confidence in Brad Bauman’s wisdom and integrity, his political acumen, and his humanity. And the same goes for whoever he works for.

  13. As I read your article here, it came to a point where two Tweets were inserted. The first was yours. As I read it, I said to myself…”here’s another Progressive Dem. You can tell by the use of foul language.” Then I read the responding tweet and said..”wait…there is something strange here”|?” So I checked the authorship of the tweets compared to the article and find the YOU are the author of the foul tweet. If you what to be credible to your audience, don’t sound like a Progressive, Liberal Dem. Apparently you, and the President, need to have someone look at your Tweets before sending them out

  14. Love how the lamestream media uses their sing song voice to explain to us plebs all about life. This whole fucking fiasco is just sickening. Keep up the great work Mr. Goodman, thank you for being a voice of reason

  15. H.A. Goodman, you are living up to your name. Keep up the good work! So few investigative journalists that know how to ask the right questions without making unverifiable wild claims. We’re counting on you to expose the truth without going wackadoodle like George Webb seems to be lately.

  16. Well said. I am a progressive and have come to see the DNC + Clintons as a crime organization. They do not represent the people. Further, CNN is nothing more than marketing at best and Propaganda at worst. The truth is what we should all want. The obstruction in Seth’s case is very disturbing. Lets not let his heroic patriotism be swept under a rug of corruption and filth.

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