Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared on the Fox network's "Fox and Friends" and referred to the death of Seth Rich -- a 27-year-old employee of the Democratic National Committee who was murdered under still-unknown circumstances during the 2016 presidential campaign. Rich was shot, but his belongings appeared to be intact. Washington DC continue to investigate his murder, while rumors are rife on the Internet that he was the victim of a criminal conspiracy to conceal how the WikiLeaks transparency organizations managed to obtain embarrassing emails hacked from the Democratic Party's email account.
Gingrich said on Sunday, "We have this very strange story now of this young man who worked for the Democratic National Committee, who apparently was assassinated at 4 in the morning, having given WikiLeaks something like 53,000 emails and 17,000 attachments." " added, ""Nobody's investigating that, and what does that tell you about what's going on? Because it turns out, it wasn't the Russians. It was this young guy who, I suspect, was disgusted by the corruption of the Democratic National Committee. He's been killed, and apparently, nothing serious has been done to investigate his murder."
Last Tuesday, Fox News reported that Rich may have leaked the emails from the Democratic National Committee to the WikiLeaks organization in order to show that the party favored candidate Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the presidential primary races. That report claimed that investigators found over 44,000 emails and 18,000 attachments transmitted between leaders of the party January 2015 to May 2016 were sent by Rich to Gavin MacFayden, a reporter and WikiLeaks director who is also now dead.
However, Rich's surviving family members have cast doubt on the Fox News report and denied that he leaked the emails. "As we've seen through the past year of unsubstantiated claims, we see no facts, we have seen no evidence, we have been approached with no emails and only learned about this when contacted by the press," the family said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. "Even if tomorrow, an email was found, it is not a high enough bar of evidence to prove any interactions as emails can be altered and we've seen that those interested in pushing conspiracies will stop at nothing to do so."
"We are a family who is committed to facts, not fake evidence that surfaces every few months to fill the void and distract law enforcement and the general public from finding Seth's murderers," the family's statement continued. "The services of the private investigator who spoke to the press was offered to the Rich family and paid for by a third party, and contractually was barred from speaking to press or anyone outside of law enforcement or the family unless explicitly authorized by the family."
Rich was suffered to gun shots in the back while walking home last summer. Rich's wallet, cell phone, keys, watch, and necklace were left on his body.