A lawsuit is threatening to embroil Donald Trump in one of the American hard-right’s favourite conspiracy theories: that the murder of Democratic party staffer Seth Rich was connected to the hack of DNC emails during last year’s presidential campaign. Fox News ran a story in May that blamed Rich for the hack and implied he had been murdered by Clinton acolytes as payback. Our chief reporter in the US, Ed Pilkington, has been sifting through the web of connections exposed by the legal action, which has been brought by a Washington DC detective who says Fox fabricated quotes from him to support the false story. The biggest bombshell is that the president was given advanced notice about the malicious story and allegedly pushed for its “immediate” publication in a week when he was besieged over his own connections to Russia.
Still with Trump, and senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway refused to say whether special counsel Robert Mueller was safe in his job. Pushed by ABC host George Stephanopoulos, she would only say that Trump was “not discussing” firing the former FBI chief from his ultra-sensitive role investigating links between Trump aides and Russia.