Lawsuit: Fox coordinated with White House on false story

Lawsuit: Fox coordinated with White House on false story

Fox News ran a story in May suggesting Rich was connected to the leak of DNC emails by WikiLeaks.

The suit, filed at the United States federal court house in Manhattan on Tuesday, is brought by Rod Wheeler, a Fox News contributor and retired police detective, against the television network, one of its journalists and another of its contributors.

This theory, in turn, would help dispel speculation that the Trump campaign was aided by the Russian government and possibly colluded with the latter - a matter now under investigation by independent counsel Robert Mueller.

Wheeler alleges in his suit that he met with White House press secretary Sean Spicer on April 20, along with Ed Butowsky, a conservative financier who had been bankrolling Wheeler's investigation of the Rich slaying.

Jay Wallace, the president of news at Fox News, told NPR, which first reported the lawsuit, that there was no "concrete evidence" that Robinson misquoted Wheeler.

Wheeler says Fox News manufactured quotes and attributed them to him, which harmed his reputation. The lawsuit, which was obtained by Business Insider, also claims that the story garnered the "full. attention of the White House", including Trump.

Rod Wheeler, a longtime commentator for Fox News, sued his former employer on Tuesday. "The text message that's in that suit is teasing with Rod because Rod has been begging and asking me for a long time to get him a job in the White House". "Zimmerman, Butowsky and Fox had created fake news to advance President Trump's agenda".

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Wheeler is a former Washington D.C. Police homicide detective and current private investigative consultant, crime analyst and Fox News contributor.

Wheeler was quoted heavily in a May 16 article published on that cast doubt on the official conclusions surrounding the death of Rich, who was shot and killed in what officials have said was a botched robbery attempt. "But don't feel the pressure".

The interview closed with Butowsky saying he wanted to come back and say more, while Cuomo said he wants to see everything that Butowsky is promising to deliver to document his defense against Wheeler's claims.

Two days later, Ms Zimmerman published a story claiming there was evidence that Mr Rich had communicated with WikiLeaks.

"According to Butowsky, the statements were falsely attributed to Mr. Wheeler because that is the way the President wanted the article", the complaint says. "Incredibly, according to Butowsky, the president reviewed an article written by a Fox News journalist prior to its publication and sought to get the article published 'immediately'". Spicer confirmed that talking to Butowsky, saying he "asked for a 10 minute meeting". He also claims the entire process took place with the knowledge of the White House.

Fox News' story was criticized by Rich's family, and ultimately retracted by the network a week later for failing to adhere to its editorial standards. Butowsky explains that the investigation is not purely altruistic, as he is convinced that there's an FBI report that says Rich's laptop showed that he had connections to the DNC Wikileaks dump.

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