GOP lobbyist asks Congress to investigate possible Russian link to murder of DNC staffer
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
Jack Burkman, the DC attorney who represents the family of Seth Rich, is calling on Congress to investigate any possible Russian connection to the July murder of Rich, who had been creating a high-tech voter registration system for the Democratic National Committee.
Burkman, a GOP lobbyist, says it is known that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, including the hacking of the DNC email system. Considering Rich’s important work for the DNC during the campaign, Burkman is asking the Homeland Security or Oversight and Government Reform committees to investigate the murder in light of the Russian hacking.
"Metro police have no solid leads. Seth was shot in the back and although police say robbery is the likely motive, nothing was taken," says Burkman. "Based on what we know about Russia's involvement in the DNC email hacking, Congress needs to investigate whether Russia was involved, associated in any way or responsible for Seth's murder."
Rich, 27, was shot in the back while walking home in the Bloomingdale neighborhood in Northwest Washington on Sunday, July 10, 2016.
Burkman is working pro bono for Rich’s family and has personally offered up to $105,000 reward for Rich's murderer. That’s in addition to the DC police reward of $25,000 and a $20,000 reward offered by WikiLeaks.
"We will cooperate with either or both of the Congressional committees that look into Seth's murder as we have been with D.C. police," says Burkman. "We absolutely need to know whether Russia was also involved in Seth's murder. And given all the information that's coming out, it seems very likely there is a connection.
"Congress must include Seth's murder as it investigates Russia's interference in the U.S. election. Based on what I know, it would be irresponsible of them if they don't."
Burkman plans to put up bus depot billboards in the area where Rich was killed. He has also created a website about the murder.