Tucker Carlson Rekindles Vicious Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory

Tucker Carlson revived a false conspiracy theory on Monday about Seth Rich, the slain Democratic National Committee staffer whose killing became a prop Fox News used to distract from Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Carlson, who did not refer to Rich by name, was reacting to a court filing Friday by special counsel John Durham, who is investigating the origins of the intelligence community’s investigation into the links of Donald Trump with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Durham accused a lawyer for Democrats to share internet data with the CIA that allegedly showed Russian-made phones being used near the White House, thus making Trump look bad. A host of right-wing media personalities and politicians have falsely claims that the record shows that Trump was spied on and the subject of a smear campaign by Hillary Clinton.

Carlson jumped on this bandwagon on his Monday night show. The idea that Trump was the victim of a conspiracy by Hillary Clinton “has been verified”, he said. “This statement is true. It really happened. »

The Fox News host then played a 2016 debate clip of Clinton mentioning Russia’s cyberattacks on US systems.

“That’s probably true, actually. But she was talking about a specific “cyberattack” quote. She was talking about the Russians hacking into the DNC servers,” Carlson said. “Here’s the interesting thing: it wasn’t true. It was never true.

Both the US Intelligence Community and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation revealed that the Russians were, in fact, responsible for the hack.

But rather than in Russia, Carlson said, “the DNC emails were very clearly stolen from inside the building, most likely by a Bernie Sanders supporter who wanted to show the world how Bernie Sanders was a victim of the same corrupt forces in Washington until later”. fucked Donald Trump.

By implying that Rich is this anonymous Bernie Sanders supporter, Carlson is putting his toe back in waters that ultimately caused Fox News a lot of trouble. A 2018 article that was eventually retracted, along with comments from hosts like Sean Hannity, linked Rich’s unsolved 2016 murder to the DNC email hack, as revealed by Wikileaks. In November 2020, Fox News settled a lawsuit with Rich’s parents, who had sued the network for emotional distress.

A representative for Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sharon D. Cole