The Seth Rich Case Gets Richer

“The FBI not only has possession of a laptop computer owned by slain Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich,” the Epoch Times reports, “but a report detailing forensic imaging of what’s being described as Rich’s work computer.” 

The revelation came in a three-page forensic report about an “outside entity” working on imaging Rich’s work computer, also a laptop. According to the Epoch Times, that report “was among four documents that had never been disclosed by the FBI in relation to Rich’s case.” 

Seth Rich was the DNC’s voter expansion data director. On July 10, 2016, the 27-year-old was gunned down in Washington, D.C. Police called it a street robbery gone wrong, but the shooters did not take Rich’s wallet, watch, or phone. Weeks after the murder, as the BBC reported, “Wikileaks published 20,000 emails obtained from Democratic National Committee computers via an anonymous source.” 

According to prominent Democrats, that was all part of Donald Trump’s supposed collusion with Russia. With that ploy exposed as a hoax, the people have cause to wonder. With Rich’s personal laptop, the FBI wants 66 yearsa proxy for “never”—to produce data the bureau previously denied it even possessed. With Rich’s work laptop, the bureau is taking obstructionism to a new level. 

FBI records boss Michael Seidel is claiming that the computer is only a physical object, not an “actual record,” and therefore not subject to the Freedom of Information Act request from Texas resident Brian Huddleston. His attorneys want the Obama-appointed Judge Amos Mazzant to order the release of the information from the personal and work computers of murder victim Rich.

As it happens, those are not the only devices the FBI is harboring. 

On February 21, 2020, the body of Philip Haney, author of See Something Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad, was “found deceased” in Amador County, California. He was killed by a gunshot to the chest. 

The Amador sheriff “reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist in analyzing documents, phone records, numerous thumb drives and a laptop that were recovered from the scene and Mr. Haney’s RV. Those items and numerous other pieces of evidence were turned over to the FBI. The FBI has performed a forensic examination of these items. We expect to receive these reports within the next few weeks.”

Two years later, the Amador sheriff reported no new information on the case, and the FBI has yet to reveal what was on Haney’s laptop, thumb drives, and such. As with Seth Rich, the material could be of great interest to the public.

In early 2020, according to Kerry Picket of the Washington Examiner, Haney was “recently in contact with top officials about returning to work for the DHS.” So maybe he had new information on terrorists. The erudite Haney was good at finding such information, but it wasn’t always welcome at the Department of Homeland Security.

DHS bosses couldn’t have been too happy about Haney’s book, and terrorists dislike exposure. Even so, the Federal Bureau of “Investigation,” assigned to prevent terrorist attacks, showed no interest in the basic questions of motive, means, and opportunity. As U.S. Attorney James J. Wells (Wilford Brimley) said inAbsence of Malice,” “I think I know where we are headed here.”

With summary arrests of people like Peter Navarro, seizing the phone of Trump supporter Mike Lindell, and ransacking Trump’s Florida residence, the FBI reveals itself as the Geheime Staatspolizei of the Biden Junta. That would be bad enough, but the FBI is multitasking.

By mounting covert operations Midyear Exam and Crossfire Hurricane against candidate and later President Trump, and the entrapment of General Michael Flynn, the FBI reveals itself as the Biden Junta’s Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti, the “Committee for State Security,” better known as the KGB. As Pavel and Anatoli Sudoplatov showed in Special Tasks, the KGB was involved in “wet” operations, also known as assassinations, and sometimes disguised as suicides, accidents, and so forth.

In the Rich and Haney cases, as police chief Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger) said inIn the Heat of the Night,” we have the body which is dead. Both cases remain unsolved, and in both cases, the FBI is withholding evidence. In such cases, judges can be unpredictable.

Judge Emmet Sullivan continued to prosecute the case of Michael Flynn even after the Department of Justice switched gears and sought to have the case dropped. Sullivan opposed the dismissal and appointed former federal judge John Gleeson to argue that the decision to drop the case was improper.

Flynn’s attorneys filed documents showing that FBI agents knew the case was bogus. As one agent wrote, “if this thing ever gets FOIA’D there are going to be some tough questions asked.”

The Justice Department did not disqualify Sullivan, and he did not recuse himself. Before he could issue a ruling, President Trump pardoned Flynn.

Sullivan is an appointee of presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, but he fits the profile of an FBI judge. So far, Obama Judge Mazzant has not gone that way, but the Rich case needs watching.

It has been established, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the FBI does not like the Freedom of Information Act. In effect, the federal bureau resists the rule of that law. The new Congress might consider strengthening the act with tougher penalties for government obstruction, withholding of evidence, and alteration of evidence.

Congress could also seek special prosecutors to investigate the cases of Seth Rich and Philip Haney. Remember, there is no statute of limitations on murder. The struggle of the people against FBI injustice is the struggle of memory against forgetting.

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About Lloyd Billingsley

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party and other books including Bill of Writes and Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation. His journalism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Spectator (London) and many other publications. Billingsley serves as a policy fellow with the Independent Institute.

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