Here's ABC's Tom llamas tonight.
A lawsuit has been filed against Fox News by a homicide detective and paid commentator who claims the network fabricated quotes from him about the death of Democratic National Committee aide Seth Rich.
The day that Fox aired the story connecting Rich to WikiLeaks and the DNC emails, Wheeler told Fox News' Sean Hannity that he had no evidence that Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks. Not the Russians. And some claim he was murdered because of it. Wheeler doesn't find much, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation says they're not investigating the case as they're leaving it to Metro D.C. police, which seemingly blows up the idea that there's some Federal Bureau of Investigation report that connects Rich to the leaks. Reporter: But it was not true, and Seth rich's parents were outraged amid mounting pressure. In the retraction, Fox said the article did not adhere to its editorial standards.
"Zimmerman, Butowsky and Fox had created fake news to advance President Trump's agenda".
In response to the explosive claim, Spicer told NPR that he is unaware of any such contact with the president.
It's those ties to Fox, as well as to the Trump White House, that helped thrust Butowsky to the center of a freakish and explosive story involving a slain Democratic National Committee staffer and the Trump administration. 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. The Rich family later disavowed both men and the Fox News report as a whole. At the time, he told reporters, "I don't - I'm not aware of - generally, I don't get updates on DNC - former DNC staffers".
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As this is all happening, Wheeler and Butowsky meet with Sean Spicer at the White House to go over Butowsky's claims. "And President Trump nor the White house has anything to do with any of this". And tomorrow, let's close this deal.
"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, '" the complaint states. "I've never eaten a meal with the guy". She called the implication that White House officials were involved "completely untrue". I was being sloppy with my words.
The Rich family, in the wake of the lawsuit, released a statement of their own.
In that same interview, Wheeler also claims to have had "very little communication" with Ed Butowsky, his benefactor in the investigation. Wheeler initially appeared on Washington Fox affiliate WTTG-TV to discuss the story, but later told CNN he had no evidence to support the claim.
Jay Wallace, President of News at Fox News, called the allegation that Fox published the story to distract from the Russian Federation investigation "completely erroneous".