The most explosive allegation in the story, however, is that the Trump White House reviewed the contents of the Fox News article on the Seth Rich conspiracy before it was published.
Rod Wheeler, a Fox News commentator and private investigator, alleges unpaid Fox News contributor Ed Butowsky and reporter Malia Zimmerman used fake quotations from Wheeler in a now-retracted story about Rich.
A longtime Fox News Channel contributor says the network and a supporter of President Trump embellished a story about Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich and his connection to WikiLeaks and leaks of DNC emails. After Fox's story lit up pro-Trump media in May, the Rich family revealed that Butowsky was subsidizing Wheeler's investigation into the murder, which Washington, D.C. police have blamed on a botched robbery.
Reporter: Then, this follow up text about the Fox News article before it was even published, "Not to add any more pressure but the president just read the article".
The suit also alleges that Butowsky told Wheeler that the quotes are like that because that is how President Trump wanted the story to look. He wants the article out immediately.
In the suit, Wheeler describes Butowsky as an outspoken Trump supporter and friend to former Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.
At the core of the story is a man named Ed Butowsky. Now, this story is confusing and includes a lot of conflicting statements.
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Wheeler said that he was falsely quoted in the article published May 16 as stating that his investigation found "some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks" and that his investigation showed "someone within the D.C. government, Democratic National Committee or Clinton team is blocking the murder investigation from going forward". Wallace also said that Fox has "no evidence that Rod Wheeler was misquoted".
The White House hit back, saying Trump had "no knowledge" of the story.
The motivation behind the story, published a week after the firing of FBI Director James Comey created a firestorm, was to "shift the blame from Russian Federation and help put to bed speculation that President Trump colluded with Russian Federation", the suit said.
Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says at a White House briefing Tuesday that, "The president had no knowledge of the story".
"A couple minutes ago I got a note that we have the full attention of the White House on this and tomorrow, let's close this deal", Butowski said.
Wheeler alleges that Fox created this misinformation in favor of Trump to take the attention away from the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, which is speculated to have had a role in Trump's winning the presidency. "I [was] being told, 'you will ask this, you will cover this.' For instance, after the gas attack in Syria - that frightful sarin gas attack - I was asked to put questions to the White House that framed the issue in such a way that made it seem like the attack didn't happen - that it was staged".
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