Takes a special kind of evil to pull off what longtime Donald Trump advisor Roger Stone and his pal Jerome Corsi did to Seth Rich's family.
The "political provocateurs" and their paid assistants harassed the murdered man's mom and dad and surviving loved ones with conspiracy theories about his death, even though they knew it was all a lie.
Newly released email shows the Russia truthers knew full well who supplied Wikileaks with the Clinton emails. They kept blaming a murdered staffer, even after his parents begged them to stop, reports Will Sommer at the Daily Beast:
Stone became one of the first major figures in Trump's orbit to suggest Rich was murdered over the emails, tweeting on August 10, 2016 that Rich had "ties to DNC heist."
In 2017, after Rich's parents begged right-wing media personalities to stop pushing conspiracy theories about their son, Corsi put the blame for the email theft on Rich in a three-part InfoWars series.
In his InfoWars posts and a series of YouTube videos, Corsi portrayed Rich as a disaffected supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who stole the emails to get revenge against the DNC and paid for it with his life. Corsi wrote Rich had clearly been "implicated in breaches of email systems." The young staffer was, according to Corsi, the "likely perpetrator."
Corsi's theory helped fuel conspiracists on the right who claim, without evidence, that Rich was murdered on the orders of Hillary Clinton. But emails from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia show that Corsi knew all along that it really was hackers who gave the emails to WikiLeaks.
In an August 2, 2016 email, made public Tuesday in draft court papers prepared by Mueller's office, Corsi told Stone that "hackers" were behind the WikiLeaks releases.