Was there a plot to kill DNC staffer Seth Rich? It’s at least mentioned in newly released FBI documents.
The documents were released as part of a Freedom of Information Act request and posted online. The 68-pages include emails and memos detailing interviews by FBI agents into their investigation into Rich’s 2016 death.
At one point, there is a passing glance to a potential plot, "Given [redacted] it is conceivable that an individual or group would want to pay for his death.”
But, that is the only reference to it and most of the other sections in the document are redacted.
Rich worked for the Democratic National Committee, though the documents note he might have been trying to move to the private sector. His death has sparked several conspiracy theories.
It has also been suggested he was involved in the leaked DNC email scandal in 2016.
Around 4:20 a.m. on July 10, 2016, Rich was shot multiple times in front of Flager Place NW in Washington D.C. He was pronounced dead about an hour later, according to the documents.
A witness reported hearing two gunshots but thought they were fireworks, according to the documents. The witness also saw a — the next phrase was redacted — from the scene with another person laying on the ground.
The witness thought the person was drunk and did not give it another thought, until the next morning when they saw the crime scene tape and a bloodstain on the ground.
A person — their name was redacted — guessed Rich’s murder was a “robbery gone bad,” according to the document. Rich was shot twice in the back and was alive when police arrived.
“The police attempted to interview Rich on the way to the hospital, but were not able to obtain a statement, because Rich was very drunk,” according to the document.
Investigators reviewed Rich’s financial documents and did not find any unusual deposits or withdrawals, according to the documents.
They also took his personal laptop from his home and planned to look into the computer.
“[Investigators] do not have anyone in custody nor any good suspects for the homicide of Rich,” the documents states.
The rest of the documents are nearly impossible to read, given the redactions. There are references to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and some reactions from staffers to the email leak scandal.