Incendiary Lawsuit Alleging More Trump Obstruction Shows Benghazi Booster Admitting He Has No Credibility

The African American former cop that Fox blamed for its retracted Seth Rich story, Rod Wheeler, has sued the network and a Fox associate and GOP rat-fucker, Ed Butowsky, for defamation and discrimination.

The suit is designed to be very inflammatory, using the claims Butowsky made about President Trump’s personal involvement pushing the story to attract attention (and increase the pain for Fox).

If this effort to shift blame for the DNC hack hadn’t already attracted Robert Mueller’s attention, I suspect it will now (and I suspect Wheeler will be very happy to testify).

In fact, though, Wheeler well documented his claim that Butowsky and Fox’ journalist, Malia Zimmerman, fabricated two quotes from him and then refused to retract attribution to him. So the lawsuit may well have legs.

But I’m amused by two other details Wheeler includes in the suit. First, he shows Butowsky, a Dallas-based financial advisor, claiming to have revealed most of what we know about Benghazi.

So the douchebag behind the Seth Rich – Wikileaks conspiracy is also the douchebag behind Benghazi.

Which is nifty, because Wheeler also includes quotes of Butowsky admitting he has no credibility.

Wheeler then goes on to allege that Butowsky threatened to extort Sy Hersh.

Butowsky deleted his Twitter account this morning (though not yet his Tumblr account), so perhaps he recognizes that he’s at some financial exposure.

But I’m grateful that, in the process, he has admitted that he — and his Benghazi pseudo-scandal — have no credibility.

 

 

 

Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including Vice, Motherboard, the Nation, the Atlantic, Al Jazeera, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.

Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse in Grand Rapids, MI.

33 replies
  1. bloopie2 says:

    If Trump were to wise up (or be muzzled) today, would we eventually find out that he has done enough, up until today, to be put away? Or, should the press shut up for another six months, giving him more time to hang himself, and only then strike? I get so afraid sometimes that we’re cashing in our chips too soon.

  2. GKJames says:

    Is his admission regarding lack of credibility one of “I’m making stuff up,” or of “My name doesn’t carry much cachet in the marketplace so I don’t put my name on things”? Both could be true, of course.

  3. harpie says:

    From the NPR piece:

    And Butowsky now tells NPR he has never shared drafts of the story with Trump or his aides — that he was joking with a friend.

    “Joking” is becoming a trend:
    D. C. Lascelle‏ @DCLascelle Replying to @lrozen –

    We didn’t say it./ – It’s on tape?/ – it was a joke./
    Every. SINGLE. Time.

     
     

  4. Charles says:

    harpie says,

    “There’s a lot of info about this story in this Caroline O.‏ @RVAwonk thread.”

    Wow. There. is. a. lot. Thanks for the link.

    • harpie says:

      You’re welcome. She’s very organized, thorough and smart.

      And both Trump and Roger Stone have blocked her on Twitter. :-)

  5. Rugger9 says:

    This is the problem with stuffing slime under rocks, eventually it oozes out.

    Combine that with the well-known lack of attention to details and I’m quite sure DJT has painted himself into another corner.  However, it may not matter to the base:

    http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/08/what-republicans-think-these-days/

    I would hope that Mueller starts indicting soon, if for no other reason than to make it clear to the rest that there will be consequences for breaking the law, and may force Caesar Disgustus into pardon mode sooner than later.  The revelation this AM that C.D. personally drafted the first bogus Jr. response indicates liability to obstruction of justice, especially if Jr. tried it on the feebs.

  6. SpaceLifeForm says:

    Methinks a connection.

    http://ibankcoin.com/zeropointnow/2017/07/24/fbi-seizes-destroyed-computer-equipment-from-garage-of-pakistani-dnc-it-staffers/#sthash.Kz0tMIwA.dpbs

    The Awans – personal friends of Debbie Wasserman Shultz, have collected over 4 million dollars since 2009 working on the hill. They were “shared employees,” hired by multiple Democrats for IT work whenever it was needed – floating all over the place doing all sorts of work on House members computers. Democrats Juaquin Castro, Cedric Richmond, Andre Carson, Jackie Speier, Tammy Duckworth, and Louis Frankel all employed the Awans.

    The Pakistanis also managed computers for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence – all of whom have top secret clearance and are looking into Russian election influence. Furthermore, it has been rumored that the Awans are blackmailing members of Congerss with secrets gleaned from emails.

  7. harpie says:

    Reply to SpaceLifeForm August 1, 2017 at 4:15 pm
    *
    That same person wrote the following on 7/29/17:
    *
    “Shock Claim From Inside DNC: Seth Rich Leaked Emails To Moscow Lawyer [Veselnitskaya] One Month Before His Murder”
    *
    This is him/her on twitter: twitter.com/zeropointnow
    *
    Sorry, but s/he does NOT sound credible.

    • Charles says:

      Searching on Awans Wasserman computers brings up the fascinating sources from whence this comes: The Daily Caller, WorldNet Daily, HotAir, National Review. 

       

      As a somewhat more responsible media outlet noted:

       

      While neither Wasserman Schultz nor other affected members of Congress — all Democrats — have been linked to wrongdoing, Wasserman Schultz’s ill-fated management of the Democratic National Committee has made her a regular focus of attacks and dark theories from activists who believe the 2016 primaries were slanted against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

      She has also been attacked by right-wing fake news organizations like The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust which is funded by the Corkery Family and ran anti-Comey ads. The Executive Director of FACT says that we need to have a “biblical view of justice.”

       

      I’ll be happy to cast the first stone.

       

      Take the comments of certain commenters with the grain of salt they deserve.

    • SpaceLifeForm says:

      Not disagreeing with your point. Those named will speak up at some point or another.

      But if true, this is relevant:

      House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence – all of whom have top secret clearance and are looking into Russian election influence.

      I think Seth Rich figured out he was being scapegoated. Time will tell.
      But it may have been Awan that was leaker.
      And Seth Rich figured that out. Awan may have spiiled beans at this point.

      There are multiple games afoot.

      Actually, what was reported just points to more coverup. That it was not Seth Rich.

      Zeropointnow was reporting what DNC *SAID*.

      • harpie says:

        According to Radar Online, an anonymous staffer currently employed by the DNC contacted prominent attorney, GOP lobbyist, and Seth Rich investigator Jack Burkman with the claim that Rich met with Natalia Veselnitskaya one month before his murder – giving her a cache of DNC emails later released by WikiLeaks.

        So, it’s Jack Burkman that’s claiming that “an anonymous staffer currently employed by the DNC contacted” him, and made these allegations. 

        Just. Not. Credible.
        *
        Here’s Jack Burkman‏ @Jack_Burkman  Jul 31 

         

        Tomorrow August 1st we are staging a reenactment of #SethRich’s death. I will not let this cover up go. We will get to the bottom of this.

        *
        I’ll leave the investigation to the professionals.

        • SpaceLifeForm says:

          Exactly. Why would a DNC staffer contact a GOP lobbyist?

          Either it is true (NSA knows) and person really does exist, and likely a mole, or Burkman made the story up from whole cloth.

    • SpaceLifeForm says:

      Funny, that ’employment’ BS keeps coming up.
      No ‘loyalty oath’, no NDA? BS.

      Idiocy has no bounds. To believe the two he mentions, well, he must be smoking some really good stuff at this point.

      You can insult me on television,” Gorka replied, “but I actually work for the President of the United States. And when he tells me there’s nothing there, privately, and when Jared [Kushner] tells me there’s nothing there, you know what? I’m going to actually trust my employer.”

  8. Rapier says:

    Come on. He’s saying he has no footprint, no identity in peoples minds of being someone, anyone.

    Which is what he wants or wanted anyway. A self styled insiders insider maybe, whatever. The man behind pushing the story. He wants no “credibility”.

    • SpaceLifeForm says:

      No footprint? No Identity?

      Sounds like a spyworks person, no?

      He wanted ‘credibility’. To spin the ‘story’.

    • harpie says:

      Clint Watts‏Verified account @selectedwisdom  4h4 hours ago 
       

      Welcome to Hamilton 68 Dashboard Tracking Russian Propaganda – Here’s what #Putin wants Americans talking about dashboard.securingdemocracy.org

      […] This dashboard is designed to shed light on Russian propaganda efforts on Twitter in near-real time. There are two components to the dashboard featured here.
      The first section, “Overt Promotion of Content,” highlights trending content from Twitter accounts for media outlets known to be controlled by the Russian government.
      The second section, “Content Tweeted by Bots and Trolls,” highlights themes being pushed by Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence campaigns. This can include both real and fake news content that supports the story Vladimir Putin wants to tell — a depiction of the West as corrupt, chaotic and collapsing. The network encourages extremism and anti-government sentiment, boosts Russian allies like Iran and Syria, and tries to discredit Western media sources.
      The dashboard shows themes that are being promoted by the network, and where the network directs its attacks. […]

    • harpie says:

      And:
      Foreign Policy‏Verified account @ForeignPolicy  The house judiciary committee is hard at work investigating Reddit conspiracies.
       

      If this sounds like the work of conspiracy theorists, that’s because that’s exactly what it is. Wired reported on Friday that a Gaetz staffer appears to have crowdsourced the amended resolution with the help of r/The_Donald, a pro-Trump subreddit notorious for both its embrace of conspiracy theories and its gleeful offensiveness.

  9. Rugger9 says:

    Mooch just won’t go away.

    So, speculation about Spicey and Mooch’s future post-administration continue.  I think Mooch is headed to Faux News, Spicey to DWTS.

    Mooch’s divorce always seemed to be timed a little too conveniently and I noted there had to be something else there.   Still rumor, mind you, but nonetheless interesting is the indication that Kimberley Guilfoyle could be the “other woman”.  Fun fact, she’s CA Lt Gov Gavin Newsom’s ex (he cheated on her) and he has pretensions of much higher office (Governor is next on the list) as a progressive.  At that level, money is more important than height for determining “stature”.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/scaramucci-meltdown-followed-reports-foxs-guilfoyle-was-at-dinner-he-attended-sparking-affair-rumors/

  10. harpie says:

    The last paragraph of the Presidential statement on the sanctions bill:

    I built a truly great company worth many billions of dollars. This is a big part of the reason I was elected. As President, I can make far better deals with foreign countries than Congress.

  11. Rugger9 says:

    Combine that with Tillerson’s whine ab out the State Department obligations, and I think we will see new ways to avoid following the law.

  12. Will Carr says:

    Will Carr
    August 3, 2017 at 10:07 am
    Marcy,

    Was Rod Wheeler targeted for a highly publicized downfall if the Rich propaganda unraveled? Who is Rod Wheeler? Where has he been and what has he done? Who really introduced him to Butowsky and who really introduced Butowsky to the Rich family? If Seth was not killed by a thief or normal psychopath, who stood to benefit from his death being that he was from Omaha and Creighton University that oddly bestowed an honorary doctorate on Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain in the hometown of Lawrence E. King of the Franklin Savings scandal. Will the Rich family shed any light on event there?

    Why did Wheeler’s attorney want to talk about the BBC’s legal counsel and their relationship to Jimmy Saville in as much as the BBC lawyer had moved to FOX….and it was England’s Yorkshire Television that produce Saville AND the Documentary Conspiracy of Silence?

    Was Rod Wheeler similar to the former Washington DC medical examiner, Dr. Joyce Carter who went to Houston and saw the crime lab there turn to mush only to be nailed on her, another African American, in a city that Dr. Tom Philpott has documented is like D.C., a center for the darkest of criminal enterprises at the highest levels of government.

    Suddenly the reference by Mooch to a Coach Joe Peterno quote referencing classly silence is clear…..like dropping Jeff Gannon (James Guckert) into the Bush II press corp with a name the same as CIA’s Pan Am 103 victim, Matthew Gannon, who you never hear of, but who eulogy was delivered by Gen. David Petrarus, the Belisarius of the US military security complex.

  13. SpaceLifeForm says:

    “Unmasking” article.

    http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/344666-changed-rules-made-it-easier-for-spies-to-unmask

    The new standard allowed for a lawmaker’s or staffer’s name to be unmasked if “an executive branch recipient of intelligence” believed that learning “the identity of the Member of Congress or the Congressional staff is necessary to understand and assess the associated intelligence and further a lawful activity of the recipient agency,” according to a memo released earlier this month by the DNI’s office with little public fanfare.

  14. [email protected] says:

    Letter to Ray McGovern and Coleen Rowley

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

    Begin forwarded message:

    On Friday, August 4, 2017, 3:08

    Found it! Yes, Ed Butowsky is David’s son!

    WHC

    https://www.google.com/amp/www.foxnews.com/us/2015/08/17/cuba-thaw-could-bring-answers-to-mystery-fugitive-financier.amp.html

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

    On Friday, August 4, 2017, 2:42 PM

    http://m.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?n=david-m-butowsky&pid=1183886&referrer=0&preview=false

    Dear Ray and Coleen,

    You don’t know me, but I was Buck Revell’s pastor in Ed Butowsky’s home town of Plano, Texas.

    There is on Namebase.org the name of David Butowsky linked to Robert Vesco, who has been linked to/by ownership in a Louisiana hydroponics company to former SEC head and CIA Director William Casey. Is the Ed Butowsky mentioned in this obit the Rod Wheeler associate on the Seth Rich case and given that Seth was from Omaha and with Wheeler at the D.C. Police homocide division was he there with Harris County ME, Dr Joyce Carter?

    I’m not just an inquiring mind.

    W. Carr

  15. 404 says:

    “Pizzatruthers” April 3rd, 2015 Dana Loesch with involvement of Ed Butowsky. Shortly after Pence signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Mar 26, 2015
    ______________

    Indiana Pizzeria to Reopen Wed., After $800K+ Raised

    After a request from the O’Connors, Butowsky, managing partner at Chapwood Investments, traveled to the tiny town of Walkerton, Indiana from Texas on Monday and did a walkthrough of the closed shop with the owners. He said the O’Connors installed …

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