It looks like Donald Trump will be making frequent trips between the White House and the courthouse now that he was caught telling Fox News to publish a fake news story about the tragic death of former DNC staffer Seth Rich, heavily implying that he had been murdered by the Clintons for releasing the emails from the DNC that we know were in fact hacked by the Russian government.
Since the case involves presidential statements to the FBI in the wake of the Comey firing, it could become yet another area of focus for the Special Counsel investigation.
A Republican donor linked to Steve Bannon sparked the lawsuit by stage-managing and funding a deceptive national investigatory effort into DNC staffer Seth Rich’s tragic death.
That donor, Ed Butowsky, even met with Trump’s now ex-Press Secretary Sean Spicer at the White House about publishing the anti-Clinton propaganda about Rich in Fox News. The outgoing White House official is also on the list of people to be deposed under oath for testimony. Yahoo reports:
The lawyer for a Washington private investigator who is suing Fox News over its use of allegedly invented quotes in a news story advancing a bizarre conspiracy theory said Tuesday he will seek to depose President Trump and former White House press secretary Sean Spicer to question them over their roles in the affair.
“We’re going to litigate this case as we would any other,” and that means “we’ll want to depose anyone who has information,” including the president, said attorney Douglas Wigdor, who is representing the investigator, Rod Wheeler.
Thanks to the legal decision Clinton vs. Jones, Trump lacks any kind of presidential immunity from this kind of civil lawsuit.
One week after Fox’s deplorable attempt to curry favor with the president and distract the public from the investigation into Trump and team’s alleged collusion with agents of the Russian Federation, they retracted the story.
But it’s been months and nobody has been fired at Fox News.
Putting Trump on the stand under will quickly expose the appalling nexus between the Trump team and the media network sworn to do its bidding. Lawyers will use the discovery process to request documents from the White House like appointment books, visitor logs, security checks and other information tying the President to the defamatory news story.
Because this story vividly illustrates that the President is actively involved in spreading deliberate misinformation to the public, it’s very likely that Special Counsel Mueller will use the publicly available documents and testimony from this case in his massive criminal probe of Donald Trump.
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition