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Lawsuit claims Fox News and Trump supporter created fake story about killing of DNC staffer

By Veronika Bondarenko,

A longtime Fox News commentator has sued the network, claiming it used him to deflect attention from investigations about the Trump campaign’s ties with the Russian government by publishing a “fake news” story about the death of a Democratic National Committee staffer.

Rod Wheeler, who says he has worked as a contributor for Fox News since 2002, claims in the suit that Fox News reporter Malia Zimmerman fabricated quotes from Wheeler with the “knowledge and support” of Ed Butowsky, a wealthy Dallas investor and supporter of President Donald Trump. The lawsuit, which was obtained by Business Insider, also claims that the story garnered the “full … attention of the White House,” including Trump.


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