THE MURDER OF SETH RICH – WHODUNIT?
MURDER USA: Judicial Watch Sues FBI for Records on Seth Rich
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced on Feb. 13, 2020, that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the FBI for all records related to murdered Democratic National Committee (DNC) Voter Expansion Data Director Seth Rich.
Rich, 27, was murdered on July 10, 2016, according to the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia. The DC police reports that Rich was killed at approximately 4:19 a.m. in the 2100 block of Flagler Place NW, Washington, DC.
No one has been charged in connection with Rich’s death. The case has not been closed, and the DC police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the FBI failed to respond to a July 26, 2019, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking all records related to Rich and his murder (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:20-cv-00385)).
“There is a significant public interest in the Seth Rich murder and the FBI’s game-playing on document production, in this case, is inexcusable,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
In a recent production of Peter Strzok-Lisa Page emails obtained by Judicial Watch, the Seth Rich controversy was the subject of one FBI email exchange. In a heavily redacted August 10, 2016, email exchange Strzok sends Page a forwarded message from unidentified agents from the FBI’s Washington Field Office (WFO) discussing Rich.
A public affairs official whose name was redacted opens the WFO email chain, writing:
Various news outlets are reporting today that Julian Assange suggested during a recent overseas interview that DNC Staffer Seth Rich was a Wikileaks source, and may have been killed because he leaked the DNC e-mails to his organization and that Wikileak’s was offering $20,000 for information regarding Rich’s death last month. Based on this news, we anticipate additional press coverage on this matter. I hear that you are in class today; however, when you have a moment, can you please give me a call to discuss what involvement the Bureau has in the investigation.
An unidentified WFO agent responds: “I’m aware of this reporting from earlier this week but not any specific involvement in any related case.”
An unidentified WFO agent subsequently writes deputy assistant director in the bureau’s Counterintelligence Division Jonathan Moffa and Strzok: “Just FYSA. I squashed this with [redacted]”.
Strzok then forwards the email chain to Page.
Interview with Julian Assange that kicked off the controversy surrounding the murder of Seth Rich.
Note that the interviewer says to Assange: “That was just a robbery, was it not?”
The DC Police have theorized that the murder of Assange took place as part of a robbery – which is a great alternative theory to explain the murder of Seth Rich. However, no one has been charged in the murder or robbery of Seth Rich and given the number of street robberies, burglaries, armed robberies and murders that take place in the District of Columbia each day, to delegate this murder to be part of a botched robbery is a pretty good guess —but that theory will remain a guess until this crime is solved. For police and other officials to say what a murder was not, a conspiracy, without proving what it actually was is a real stretch. Below are a variety of views, condemnations, pleas and political presentations about the murder of Seth Rich. Read, listen and view and make up your own mind.
Brother of Seth Rich originated GoFundMe page to raise funds to investigate his brother’s murder
My name is Aaron Rich and I am the brother of Seth Rich who was murdered in Washington DC on July 10th, 2016. His murder remains unsolved to this day.
Seth was an amazing person who only cared about trying to help others and make the world better. He was extremely passionate about his civic duty and making sure everyone had a chance to be heard. My brother made a difference every single day, and I know that now more than ever because of the emotional support we have received from across the country and around the world.
His murder remains a mystery, and despite the hard work of the detectives at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department, we have still been unable to get the answers to the questions surrounding his death. Because of the lack of clear evidence in the case, Seth’s job working for the Democratic National Committee and the caustic political environment we find ourselves in today, many people have used my brother’s murder for their own agendas. Every few weeks another conspiracy theory surfaces, another promise of credible information and another lack of evidence to support the crazy claims being made.
My family has received many offers of assistance in finding Seth’s killers, and we are so grateful for each and every one of them. It gives us hope to know that Seth isn’t forgotten and that his case remains on people’s minds.
One thing that no one tells you, and something we weren’t prepared to hear when we lost Seth, is that if a case isn’t solved immediately, it could take months or years before justice is served. Worse, to keep the investigation active, to seek leads and to follow up on investigations, to make sure that every possible angle is covered—it’s expensive. My family isn’t wealthy and because we lack the funds or resources to make sure we are doing what we can to aid Washington’s police department, we’ve had to rely on help. Experience has taught us that we need help, and we need help that is free from any ulterior motives or with any strings attached. That’s why, with a heavy heart, I have started this fund.
These funds will allow my family to investigate, and help solve Seth’s murder. We know somewhere, someone has the information on who murdered Seth. We intend to use these funds to hire professional help that can discover new facts and information, cooperating with the police and solving this in the fastest way possible. The funds will be used for three purposes:
- 1) Allow us to raise and maintain public awareness of Seth’s unsolved murder through means such as flyers, direct mailings, etc.
- 2) Allow the family to hire investigative, forensic and analytical services we believe will be useful for discovering new facts and leads in the case.
- 3) Maintain, and then increase, the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction at/from it’s current level.
These funds will be held in a separate account maintained and administered by the family to ensure full transparency for their use.
We ask for your help in enabling us to help solve Seth’s murder, and find the closure we need to move forward in our grieving of our beloved brother and son.
Thank you for your time, support, and sharing of our story.
Brother of Seth Rich