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Family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich blasts nutters for spreading ‘harmful’ WikiLeaks conspiracies

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The family of slain Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich have asked conspiracy theorists to stop making baseless speculations about his death.

Rich was shot and killed July 10 while walking home in Washington, D.C., and a series of thinly sourced online stories have portrayed the 27-year-old as a whistleblower on his way to an ill-fated meeting with FBI agents.

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The conspiracy theories claim Rich had been planning to reveal damaging information about Hillary Clinton before he was killed in the unsolved shooting.

WikiLeaks offered $20,000 on Tuesday leading to a conviction in the homicide, and founder Julian Assange suggested in an interview that Rich might have been a source for the group.

The conspiracy theories are largely based on the fact that Rich was killed shortly before hacked emails were released, showing DNC officials worked closely with the Clinton campaign during her primary race against Bernie Sanders.

Police believe his death was likely an attempted robbery, and his family has asked the public to stop speculating but invited them come forward with information to help solve the case.

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“The family welcomes any and all information that could lead to the identification of the individuals responsible, and certainly welcomes contributions that could lead to new avenues of investigation,” said Brad Bauman, a spokesman for the family, in a statement released to Business Insider.

Trump ally Roger Stone and conservative commentator Laura Ingram are among the high-profile promoters of the conspiracy theories — and Rich’s family begged them to stop.

“Some are attempting to politicize this horrible tragedy, and in their attempts to do so, are actually causing more harm than good and impeding on the ability for law enforcement to properly do their job,” Bauman said. “For the sake of finding Seth’s killer, and for the sake of giving the family the space they need at this terrible time, they are asking for the public to refrain from pushing unproven and harmful theories about Seth’s murder.”

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Police have said there’s no evidence connecting Rich’s death to his DNC work in voter expansion, which involved helping voters find their polling places.

Federal officials believe the DNC hack was carried out by hackers with ties to Russia.


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Final Emmys beckon for TV stars of ‘Thrones’ and ‘Veep’

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TV stars from Westeros to the White House will hit the red carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday as "Game of Thrones" and "Veep" take their final tilts at Emmys glory.

The long-running HBO smash hits helped the premium cable network raise the game for the small screen -- with 74 Emmys between them, they are among the most decorated shows ever at television's answer to the Oscars.

Both hope to add to their record hauls before they bow out at the glittering ceremony in downtown LA's Microsoft Theater.

While the divisive final season of "Thrones" enraged many fans, it is the Television Academy's 24,000-plus voters who get to choose the winners.

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WATCH: Trump admits he talked to Ukraine president about Joe Biden and his son

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President Donald Trump Sunday morning admitted he brought up Joe Biden and the former Vice President’s son Hunter Biden while speaking with the President of Ukraine.

“The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, with largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place and largely the fact that we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption,” Trump said, speaking to reporters from the White House lawn.

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BREAKING: President Trump admits that he talked to the Ukrainian president about former Vice President Biden. #MTP #IfItsSunday@kristenwelker: "From the president's perspective, the only way to put this story to bed is to release the transcript." pic.twitter.com/aaJ6DjMN0E

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‘Left wing hack’: Fox News fans lose it after anchor calls Ukraine allegations ‘a problem’ for Trump

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Fox News viewers lashed out at the network on Sunday after host Arthel Neville grilled New York Congressman Peter King (R) about President Donald Trump's alleged effort to get Ukraine to help him defeat Joe Biden.

Neville twice asked King about Trump's Ukraine scandal, and both times he evaded the question by saying that Congress does not have a right to know the details of Trump's conversations with foreign leaders.

On her third attempt, Neville got to the point by noting Trump's alleged actions are "a problem."

"We don’t know that it’s true, we hope it’s not true," the Fox News host said of the allegations against Trump. "But if there is a possibility that our president used his office to put pressure on a foreign government -- president-elect -- to dig into his possible, potential political opponent, then that’s a problem."

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