In her new book “Hacks,” former interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile wrote that she was haunted by the murder of former DNC staffer Seth Rich, and feared for her life following his death.
In July 2016, Rich, 27, was fatally shot while walking home alone in the early morning hours in Washington, D.C. Police have theorized that the unsolved murder was the result of a robbery gone wrong. However, Rich still had his belongings on his person.
Although the DNC data staffer was killed just days before Wikileaks began releasing emails obtained from the DNC and his valuables were not taken, Democrats have sharply condemned anyone who has suggested that there was more to Rich’s murder than a botched robbery.
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The timeline of Rich’s murder, and subsequent release of the emails fostered theories that Rich had provided the information to Wikileaks; and his murder was an attempt to prevent him from giving them more, or to punish him for his role in the breach, Newsweek reported.
Brazile mentions Rich multiple times in her book, according to The Washington Post.
Rich’s name first appears in Brazile’s dedication, in which she calls him a “patriot.”
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“In loving memory of my father, Lionel Brazile Sr.; my beloved sister, Sheila Brazile; my fearless uncles Nat, Floyd, and Douglas; Harlem’s finest, my aunt Lucille; my friend and mentor, David Kaufmann; my DNC colleague and patriot, Seth Rich; and my beloved Pomeranian, Chip Joshua Marvin Brazile (Booty Wipes). I miss y’all,” she wrote.
In a later mention of Rich, Brazile wrote that his murder haunted her. Brazile said she had a “spook” with connections to the intelligence community who advised her after Rich’s killing that she needed protection for herself.
Brazile heeded the advice and installed cameras, alarms and backup power at her home. She also kept the blinds in her DNC office window closed so she could not be seen by snipers.
The Daily Caller reported that Brazile was so concerned about Rich’s murder that she mentioned it during her brief, one-time phone call from Hillary Clinton following her loss in the 2016 election.
Brazile asked Clinton to contribute some of the millions remaining in her campaign’s legal fund as a reward for information leading to the arrest of Rich’s murderer(s).
“I knew the campaign had over $3 million set aside in a legal fund,” Brazile wrote in her book. “Could she help me get this lawsuit started? And don’t forget the murder of Seth Rich, I told her. Did she want to contribute to Seth’s reward fund? We still hadn’t found the person responsible for the tragic murder of this bright young DNC staffer. You’re right, she said. We’re going to get to that. But she really had to go. She had made the call and checked it off her list, and I accepted after we said our good-byes that I might never hear from her again.”
Brazile also wrote about her theories regarding Rich’s murder, contending that he was either murdered for being white, or killed by Russians.
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“I felt some responsibility for Seth Rich’s death,” Brazile wrote. “I didn’t bring him into the DNC, but I helped keep him there working on voting rights. With all I knew now about the Russians’ hacking, I could not help but wonder if they had played some part in his unsolved murder. Besides that, racial tensions were high that summer and I worried that he was murdered for being white on the wrong side of town. (My friend) Elaine expressed her doubts about that, and I heard her. The FBI said that they did not see any Russian fingerprints there.”
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