PoliticsRudy Giuliani Jumps in on The Seth Rich Conspiracy Bandwagon
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Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani promoted discredited conspiracy theories about murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich on Twitter early Monday morning, further fueling the baseless speculation that has anguished Rich’s grieving family.
Giuliani quote-tweeted a tweet from conspiracy theorist Matt Couch, whose fevered claims about Rich’s 2016 murdera defamation lawsuit from Rich’s brother. In his tweet, Couch pointed out that, while Washington, D.C. police believe that Rich was murdered in a currently unsolved botched robbery attempt, none of his belongings appear to have been taken by his killer.
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Speaking rhetorically from Rich’s point of view, Couch pointed to popular conspiracy theorist talking points about Rich’s murder.
“I was Shot multiple times in torso.. I worked for the DNC….” Couch tweeted. “They called it a botched robbery and sue anyone who investigates it..Who am I?”
“I’d like to know,” Giuliani added in his own tweet.
Rich’s July 2016 murder has inspired a number of conspiracy theories claiming that he leaked Democratic emails to WikiLeaks, and then was murdered by Hillary Clinton or the “deep state” in retaliation. That idea, which isn’t backed up by any evidence, has been embraced by some Trump supporters — including Fox News host— because it would mean the emails were released by a whistleblower, rather than by Russian government hackers. In reality, Rich’s neighborhood had experienced a series of robberies in the lead-up to his death, which led police to believe it was likely a botched robbery.
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In text messages with The Daily Beast, Giuliani insisted his tweet wasn’t meant to promote any conspiracy theories but merely to ask questions about Rich’s murder, which has remained unsolved.
“I didn’t support any conspiracy theory,” Giuliani told The Daily Beast in a text message. “I raised several nagging coincidences.”
“I vaguely remember it and was asking a question about whether it was ever investigated fully,” Giuliani added. “Don’t remember if it was ever solved? Was it.”
Rich’s family has repeatedly asked conspiracy theorists to stop speculating about their son’s murder, which has drawn in a number of publicity-seeking right-wing media figures.
Couch, who livestreams his conspiracy theory broadcasts to his fans online, is one of the most dedicated promoters of the Rich claims, despitethat Russian intelligence agents spread the rumor that Rich’s murder was somehow tied to the Democratic email releases.
In 2018, Couch was sued for defamation by Rich’s brother Aaron Rich, over his claims that Aaron Rich had helped to steal Democratic emails and received payment from WikiLeaks for the files. Earlier this month, Couch told a federal judge that he couldn’t afford legal defense to continue fighting the case, and said he had removed mentions of Aaron Rich from his website.
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