Congressman Blake Farenthold Floats Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory on CNN

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Congressman Blake Farenthold of Texas. (U.S. House of Representatives)

During a CNN interview this morning, Congressman Blake Farenthold of Texas cited online conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Seth Rich, equating this to Congress’ investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

Farenthold in the interview said that there is evidence that the Democratic National Committee hack was an “insider job.”

When pressed on this, Farenthold said that there is proof of that circulating on the Internet. CNN’s John Berman asked Farenthold if he should be floating wild Internet conspiracy theories as a U.S. congressman, and Farenthold said this is not much different from the media’s reports on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

Farenthold’s comments referred to the conspiracy theories that have emerged online surrounding the murder of Seth Rich, a DNC staffer. The conspiracy theories arose after a report last week that Rich was Wikileaks’ source for the DNC emails that were leaked in 2016.

However, since that report, it has become clear that there is no such evidence that Seth Rich was Wikileaks’ source. Law enforcement believes that Rich’s death had to do with a botched robbery.

On Tuesday, Fox News, which had promoted the Seth Rich conspiracy theories for about a week, issued an official retraction of their Seth Rich report, saying that it did not meet their editorial standards. Sean Hannity on his show subsequently said he would no longer be discussing the story out of respect for the family, who have spent the seven days begging the media not to promote baseless conspiracy theories surrounding their son’s murder,