The mystery surrounding the murder of a Democratic National Committee (DNC) data technician last year has taken on a new twist, as new claims and theories are linking him to Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower in June of 2016.
Seth Rich was killed while walking home on the early morning of July 10, 2016. A study by forensic-psychology students and instructors at George Washington University concluded he was likely murdered by a hired killer or serial murderer.
Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman, 51, a part-time radio host who has been investigating the murder, stated in an interview recently that, according to a DNC staffer, Rich had given stolen emails from the DNC to Veselnitskaya.
Veselnitskaya is denying the claim, saying she had nothing to do with the story and did not know Seth Rich. She responded to a question on Facebook, saying, “I have no idea who Seth is, and how I can have anything to do with this.”
“This is a very scared source so we had to talk them along and it took a while. We’ve confirmed the source and their identity and who they are,” Burkman reportedly told RadarOnline.
At one point, Rich’s family had given Burkman permission to conduct an independent investigation into the murder and had offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the killer’s arrest.
Twelve days after Rich’s murder, WikiLeaks released a treasure-trove of almost 20,000 emails that had been stolen from the DNC which ultimately led to the resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Burkman is theorizing that Rich gave the stolen emails to Veselnitskaya, who then delivered them to Donald Trump Jr. during their meeting at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, a claim that is completely unsubstantiated.
“We don’t know what the Russian lawyer eventually took to Trump Jr., but what I have is a very credible source saying emails were given to her,” Burkman said of Veselnitskaya. “Whether she gave them to Trump, Jr., I don’t know, but I can’t imagine that she wouldn’t offer.”
Veselnitskaya, a lawyer from Moscow, has said the only reason she wanted to meet with Trump Jr. was to lobby the Trump campaign on the Magnitsky Act.
Burkman is the first person to ever try to tie Veselnitskaya to the Seth Rich case or the stolen DNC emails, and, according to her, both claims are baseless.
Responding to questions on her Facebook page, Veselnitskaya said, “Don’t let yourself be manipulated. It’s just a monstrous lie,” adding, “I don’t answer stupid questions.”
The Daily Caller notes that a separate investigation into the Seth Rich murder is being conducted by Rod Wheeler, a Fox News contributor and former homicide detective in Washington, D.C.
Ed Butowsky, a wealthy GOP donor, was working with Wheeler in the investigation and surmised that Rich likely was the one who gave the stolen DNC emails to WikiLeaks. Their investigation prompted FOX anchor Sean Hannity to cover the case on his program until he was shut down by the network.
Now, Wheeler has come out with a lawsuit against Butowsky and Fox News’ journalist Malia Zimmerman, claiming that they worked together to create a false narrative about the case.
Who killed Seth Rich and who provided the DNC emails to WikiLeaks both remain a mystery.
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