The White House has denied helping to craft a Fox News story implicating murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich in the WikiLeaks scandal, as is alleged in a lawsuit filed today against Fox.
As we reported previously, investigator Rod Wheeler filed the defamation suit today in New York, accusing Fox of making up parts of a story about Rich and alleging that President Trump pressured Fox to publish the story.
The AP reports that White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed the issue today at a White House briefing. “The president had no knowledge of the story,” she said, according to the report.
The spokeswoman added that “it’s completely untrue” that Trump or anyone at the White House was involved with the story.
The AP reports separately that Ed Butowsky, a Trump supporter named as a defendant in the suit, is also denying he was involved in the story. The lawsuit suggests Butowsky was a go-between on the story, helping to coordinate the efforts of the White House and Fox News.
The AP reports that Butowsky says he has never met Trump, but he adds that he met with Sean Spicer for 15 minutes earlier this year and discussed Seth Rich.
Fox says it is investigating the story.