By Alicia Powe
Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich
WASHINGTON – Americans living in and around the area where DNC staffer Seth Rich was brutally murdered on July 10, 2016, have mixed feelings on whether speculation surrounding Rich’s slaying is the stuff of conspiracy theories or evidence that the unsolved crime warrants a federal investigation.
On June 8 and 12, WND hit the D.C. bar scene frequented by Rich – including Lou’s City Bar, where the DNC staffer was last seen before he was shot to death – and Rich’s neighborhood to ask locals for their insight on the mysterious murder.
Bars throughout the nation’s Capital were hosting viewing parties to watch the June 8 congressional testimony of former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The bars opened their doors at 9 a.m., and several locals shared their thoughts on Rich’s slaying.
Watch as WND asks locals for their thoughts on Seth Rich murder and investigation:
Joseph Cortez, who watched the “Comey Crawl” at Union Pub, dismissed claims that President Trump colluded with Russia to leak the Democratic National Committee’s emails to WikiLeaks.
Cortez said he believes Rich was, indeed, the WikiLeaks source.
“He was the one who leaked the emails to WikiLeaks, originally the DNC emails. It wasn’t Russia that did that; it was Seth Rich,” Cortez told WND.
A man named Joseph Cortez, at Union Pub, tells WND he believes Seth Rich leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks (Photo: WND)
“I am not a conspiracy theorist – I think that maybe that should be looked into a little bit more,” he continued. “The president has done nothing wrong, and that was proven today. So I think we can move on with the agenda that the president has put forward.”
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