Rod Wheeler: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Rod Wheeler. (LinkedIn)

Rod Wheeler, the private investigator who alleged and then recanted allegations about murdered DNC data analyst Seth Rich has a history of making controversial statements on Fox News.

He also has a checkered employment history as a Washington D.C. police detective and a background in food security issues. Wheeler has stepped back from the Fox 5 account he initially gave, now telling Fox News that he had no personal knowledge of whether Rich emailed WikiLeaks and said, “I don’t know for sure, I don’t know as a matter of fact if the emails went out to the Wikileaks or anybody else.” He told Buzzfeed that the Fox 5 account was not accurate.

The family of Rich, who was shot to death on a Washington D.C. street in 2016, has issued a statement pushing back at Wheeler’s claims. Rich’s slaying, which is unsolved, has sparked a slew of unproven conspiracy theories because of his DNC employment.

According to the New York Times, the Rich family is demanding retractions from Fox.

Fox has now retracted its story, writing:

“On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich. The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed.
We will continue to investigate this story and will provide updates as warranted.”

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Wheeler Is a Former Police Homicide Detective Who Now Works as a Private Investigator

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Rod Wheeler. (Capital Investigations)

Wheeler has a background in Washington D.C. law enforcement, but it is a checkered one. The Southern Poverty Law Center says that a 1994 Washington Times article reported that “Wheeler was suspended from the Metro D.C. police force after testing positive for marijuana in a random drug test” but that he claimed he was later “exonerated” because samples were mixed up.”

Buzzfeed reports that, according to police, Wheeler was “employed by the department from 1990 to 1995 and…was ‘dismissed from the agency.'”

According to his LinkedIn Page, Wheeler worked as a homicide detective and investigator with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington DC for eight years.

Wheeler worked as a detective from January 1990 through January 1998, his LinkedIn page says. He also worked for McDonald’s in corporate security, SPLC reports.

His profile page on the website of Capitol Investigations agency says he has also worked as a “white collar criminal investigator for the Attorney General of the State of Ohio.” The company offers civil and criminal investigative services and dubs Wheeler “America’s Criminal Investigator.”

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2. Wheeler Is a Fox News Contributor & Donald Trump Supporter Who Has Caused Controversy on the Air

Wheeler has appeared on Fox News as a crime analyst.

His LinkedIn page reports that he has been an on-air contributor to Fox from 2002 to present. One Fox story said of Wheeler: “Former D.C. homicide detective points finger at Obama administration, explains why things will be better with Trump.”

His appearances have not been without controversy.

In one of the most notorious, Wheeler pulled back the corners of his eyes to mimic an Asian person during a debate on racial profiling, reported Advertising Age.

Speaking on a serial rape case, he said, according to Advertising Age, “The police department has made a tremendous investigation and actually narrowed down the suspect as being a Hispanic male. Not a black male, not a Chinese male – with his eyes like this – but a Hispanic male.” Advertising Age reports he “made a gesture pulling back his eyes” while making the comment.

Then there was the time that Wheeler, on Bill O’Reilly’s show, claimed a “national underground network” of “pistol-packing lesbians is terrorizing America,” reports the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The SPLC quoted Wheeler as saying on the show, “Well, you know, there is this national underground network, if you will, Bill, of women that’s lesbians and also some men groups that’s actually recruiting kids as young as 10 years old in a lot of the schools in the communities all across the country. And they actually carry a number of weapons. And they commit a number of crimes.”

SPLC reports that Wheeler is “a member of Jericho City of Praise, a conservative Christian megachurch in Landover, Md., whose leadership publicly advocates against equal rights for gays and lesbians.”

According to SPLC, Wheeler also once touted an endorsement from former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, whom his website quoted as saying: “We turn to Rod Wheeler to help us better understand and solve some of these terrible crimes in America.” The link to Wheeler’s website now goes to the Capitol Investigations page.

3. A Breitbart Writer Suggested That the Seth Rich Family Work With Wheeler

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Seth Rich, a DNC staffer who was murdered in Washington D.C. LinkedIn/Seth Rich

Fox 5 DC reported that Wheeler was a private investigator working for the Rich family and was conducting a “parallel investigation” into the long languishing homicide case.

However, after the report aired on May 15 featuring Wheeler’s accusations about WikiLeaks, the family released a statement that denounced the conspiracy theories into Rich’s death. Rich’s family has said previously that Rich may have died in a robbery, although that hasn’t been proven either. The 27-year-old DNC data analyst was shot to death in the street in 2016 by an unidentified assailant.

The family’s spokesman, Brad Bauman, is a partner at the Pastorum Group, a crisis communication firm that works with progressive causes. WikiLeaks was quick to point this out:

The family wrote that Wheeler was paid by a “third party” and contractually obliged not to speak to the press without their approval. Furthermore, the family said they have not seen any evidence referred to in the Fox 5 report.

According to BuzzfeedNews, Fox News contributor Ed Butowsky, “a prominent wealth manager from Dallas and a contributor to Breitbart News who attended President Trump’s inauguration,” put the Seth Rich family in contact with Wheeler.

“They said they didn’t feel they were getting any answers,” Butowsky told Buzzfeed. “The investigation wasn’t going anywhere. I said ‘why don’t you hire a private detective?’ They said they didn’t have any money.” He told Buzzfeed that he “offered to pay for a private investigator, and called Wheeler. There, he said, his involvement ended,” but he added that Wheeler had never billed him.

The Rich family, in a statement published by NBC News, said on May 16 that it has seen “no evidence” and was a “family committed to facts” not “fake evidence.”

According to UK Daily Mail, Wheeler recanted his comments, and Rich’s family sent the private investigator “a cease and desist letter threatening legal action.”

According to NBC News, a lawyer for the Rich family sent a letter to Wheeler that said, “Your statements and actions have caused, and continue to cause, the Family severe mental anguish and emotional distress. Your behavior appears to have been deliberate, intentional, outrageous, and in patent disregard of the Agreement and the obvious damage and suffering it would cause the Family. Your improper and unauthorized statements, many of which are false and have no basis in fact, have also injured the memory and reputation of Seth Rich and have defamed and injured the reputation and standing of the members of the Family.”

NBC News reported of Wheeler, “Wheeler has since completely recanted his story, both in the press and in a private message to Rich’s family. The private investigator told other outlets the Fox reporter essentially put words in his mouth by giving him information that he then repeated in an on-camera interview.” Although the family has asked for an apology and retraction from Fox 5, none has been granted thus far, reported NBC.

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4. Wheeler Founded & Runs a ‘Food Defense’ Organization

Wheeler’s law enforcement focus extends to trying to protect the nation’s food supply.

According to his LinkedIn page, he is the CEO and founder of an organization called The Global Food Defense & Asset Protection Institute, which has existed since 2015.

His site says he’s responsible for developing “high level ‘site-specific’ action plans for identifying and responding to issues of Crisis Management, Facility Security and risk assessment plans and procedures.”

He also provides training in crime-related topics that range from active shooter response to workplace violence. In addition, he examines “security action plans” for food retailers, food processing and manufacturing facilities, and water supply, according to LinkedIn.

His page says he also trains and educates others “in terrorism and workplace violence recognition and response.”

5. Wheeler Has Degrees in Police Administration & Criminology

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Rod Wheeler. (LinkedIn)

According to LinkedIn, Wheeler has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and criminology from Ohio State University.

He also has a “key executive MPA” in public administration/police administration from American University, his page reports.

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  1. Who Do You Think You Are claiming that the Democrats would do such a thing Democrats don’t lie Democrats are true and if you’re not a Democrat you’re a racist

    • good to see the liberal progressive cult is full on lying and sliming anyone and everyone not a radical leftist cult member like they are.
      Oh, yeah, that’s what they always do.

      “has a history of making controversial statements”
      the same could be said for most of little barackie’s staff and certainly his ‘wife’.

      ” on Fox News.”
      and the leftists have to stick in the ‘stop thought’ programming word/slogan so their fellow cult members can immediately discredit everything this person says/does.
      Let’s see who are regulars on the dreaded Fox News:
      npr’s maura liaison, fired from npr for questioning on whether the terrorists are muslims or not, juan williams
      jesse jackson’s girlfriend tamara holder
      dennis kucinich (flaming left wing US senator obama spied on, per dennis)
      jehmu greene, democrat tried to win rigged DNC head
      leslie marshall
      kirsten powers
      arthel neville
      ari emanuel (architect of obamacare)
      and a slew of other leftists/democrats.

      “He also has a checkered employment history ”

      sounds exactly like a little kid from hawaii that has never had a job until he was 36 years old, and that was the part time job of a US senator where leaked court records lead to his opponent withdrawing from the race.”

      He only worked at that job for less than a year before quitting it and having another part time job, but this one he held for 8 years. During that whole time at his longest job, he had failure after failure, never taking any responsibility for anything, wasn’t available to be interviewed unless he dictated all the circumstances and people, which even then it was rare.

      Another one with a checkered employment history and for some reason constantly gets caught in contradictions of what she says and what she does is the wife of bill clinton.
      Her job in arkansas she destroyed a 13 year old rape victim, laughing at her and during the short time in private practice, it was noted for financial transcations that enriched her but did not make sense as she said they were “cattle futures”, something he has no experience in.
      The she was given the senator seat from NY, but she had never lived in new york. She was a part time employee of the other person with a highly questionable background and employment history. During that period employment, she spent four years flying around on her expense account and did not accomplish anything but once again, being involved in highly questionable activities and what she said again often contradicted what she did or the events she was around.
      After that, again, she has zero record of accomplishment and is always surrounded by highly questionable behaviors and constant questionable financial activities.

  2. This guy is a loser. The family came out and said nothing of such. They should SUE HIM big time! That is only way to STOP fake news or fools.

    • does your mom know you’re on her computer little kid?

      What’s funny is the DC police said this was a “botched robbery”.
      So, someone was waiting at the victims house for him to come home, then shoots him in the back, killing him and leaves……without takinig his wallet, keys, phone, watch, anything.

      Don’t robbers normally face people, show a gun/knife, then demand they turn over their valuables?

    • Ya I bet they can say anything with Bradley Bauman talking for them at all times. GO LOOK INTO HIM WIKILEAKS HAVE EVEN CALLED HIM OUT ON THIS.

  3. Wow a story from the leftists that doesn’t use anonymous sources. WTF? Are adults getting in the room with the computers? Oh yeah, the article did slime the non leftist…silly me.

  4. Another smear campaign to discredit anyone who actually reports the TRUTH which libs and their proven corrupt super-pac media have perfected. The statement “The media has become the enemy of the people” is spot on!! Nice try but for the record the Clinton’s have a long history of leaving dead bodies in their wake of all those who interfere with their political power and corrupt financial dealings agenda dating all the way back to their Arkansas roots. Maybe you should do some REAL JOURNALISTIC reporting instead of corrupt liberal political activism! Listed below is just a few bodies left in the wake of the Clinton’s, I suggest you start here should you want to gain any journalistic integrity!
    Just a quick refresher course Lest we forget what has happened to many “friends” of The Clinton’s.

    1- James McDougal – Clintons convicted Whitewater partner died of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement.
    He was a key witness in Ken Starr’s investigation.

    2 – Mary Mahoney- A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown ..
    The murder happened just after she was to go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White House.

    3 – Vince Foster – Former White House Councilor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock’s Rose Law firm.
    Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide. (He was about to testify against Hillary related to the records
    she refused to turn over to congress)

    4 – Ron Brown- Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash.
    A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown’s skull resembling a gunshot wound.
    At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors.
    The rest of the people on the plane also died. A few days later the air Traffic controller committed suicide.

    5 – C. Victor Raiser, II – Raiser, a major player in the Clinton fund raising organization died in a private plane crash in July 1992.

    6 – Paul Tulley- Democratic National Committee Political Director found dead in a hotel room in Little Rock ,September 1992.
    Described by Clinton as a “dear friend and trusted advisor”.

    7 – Ed Willey- Clinton fundraiser, found dead November 1993 deep in the woods in VA of a gunshot wound to the head.
    Ruled a suicide. Ed Willey died on the same day His wife Kathleen Willey claimed Bill Clinton groped her
    in the oval office in the White House. Ed Willey was involved in several Clinton fund raising events.

    8 – Jerry Parks- Head of Clinton’s gubernatorial security team in Little Rock .. Gunned down in his car
    at a deserted intersection outside Little Rock Park’s son said his father was building a dossier on Clinton
    He allegedly Threatened to reveal this information. After he died the files were mysteriously removed from his house.

    9 – James Bunch- Died from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he had a “Black Book”
    of people which contained names of influential people who visited Prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas

    10 – James Wilson – Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide.
    He was reported to have ties to Whitewater..

    11 – Kathy Ferguson -Ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was found dead in May 1994,
    in her living room with a gunshot to her head. It was ruled a suicide even though there were several
    packed suitcases, as if she were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along with
    Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones Lawsuit, Kathy Ferguson was a possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones.

    12 – Bill Shelton – Arkansas State Trooper and fiancée of Kathy Ferguson. Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancée,
    he was found dead in June, 1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the grave site of his fiancée.

    13 – Gandy Baugh- Attorney for Clinton’s friend Dan Lassater, died by jumping out a window of a tall building January, 1994.
    His client was a convicted drug distributor.

    14 – Florence Martin- Accountant & sub-contractor for the CIA, was related to the Barry Seal,
    Mean, Arkansas, airport drug smuggling case. He died of three gunshot Wounds.

    15 – Suzanne Coleman- Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General.
    Died Of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, ruled a Suicide. Was pregnant at the time of her death.

    16 – Paula Grober – Clinton’s speech interpreter for the deaf from 1978 until her death December 9,1992.
    She died in a one car accident.

    17 – Danny Casolaro – Investigative reporter. Investigating Mean Airport and Arkansas Development Finance Authority.
    He slit his wrists, apparently, in the middle of his investigation.

    18 – Paul Wilcher – Attorney investigating corruption at Mean Airport with Casolaro and the 1980
    “October Surprise” was found dead on a toilet June 22, 1993, in His Washington DC apartment.
    Had delivered a report to Janet Reno 3 weeks before his death.

    19 – Jon Parnell Walker- Whitewater investigator for Resolution Trust Corp. Jumped to his death from his Arlington ,
    Virginia apartment balcony August 15,1993. He was investigating the Morgan Guaranty scandal.

    20 – Barbara Wise – Commerce Department staffer. Worked closely with Ron Brown and John Huang.
    Cause of death unknown. Died November 29, 1996. Her bruised, nude body was found locked in
    her office at the Department of Commerce.

    21 – Charles Meissner- Assistant Secretary of Commerce who gave John Huang special security clearance,
    died shortly thereafter in a small plane crash.

    22 – Dr. Stanley Heard – Chairman of the National Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee
    died with his attorney Steve Dickson in a small plane crash. Dr. Heard, in addition to serving on Clinton ‘s
    advisory council personally treated Clinton’s mother, stepfather and Brother.

    23 – Barry Seal – Drug running TWA pilot out of Mena Arkansas, death was no accident.

    24 – Johnny Lawhorn, Jr.- Mechanic, found a check made out to Bill Clinton in the trunk of a car left at his repair shop.
    He was found dead after his car had hit a utility pole.

    25 – Stanley Huggins- Investigated Madison Guaranty. His death was a purported suicide and his report was never released.

    26 – Hershel Friday- Attorney and Clinton fundraiser died March 1, 1994, when his plane exploded.

    27 – Kevin Ives & Don Henry-Known as “The boys on the track” case.
    Reports say the boys may have stumbled upon the Mena Arkansas airport drug operation.
    A controversial case, the initial report of death said, due to falling asleep on railroad tracks.
    Later reports claim the 2 boys had been slain before being placed on the tracks.
    Many linked to the case died before their testimony could come before a Grand Jury.


    28 – Keith Coney – Died when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a truck, 7/88.

    29 – Keith McMaskle- Died, stabbed 113 times, Nov 1988

    30 – Gregory Collins – Died from a gunshot wound January 1989.

    31 – Jeff Rhodes – He was shot, mutilated and found burned in a trash dump in April 1989.

    32 – James Milan- Found decapitated. However, the Coroner ruled his death was due to natural causes”?

    33 – Jordan Kettleson – Was found shot to death in the front seat of his pickup truck in June 1990.

    34 – Richard Winters – A suspect in the Ives/Henry deaths. He was killed in a set-up robbery July 1989.

    36 – Major William S. Barkley, Jr.

    37 – Captain Scott J . Reynolds

    38 – Sgt. Brian Hanley

    39 – Sgt. Tim Sabel

    40 – Major General William Bret Robertson

    41 – Col. William Densberger

    42 – Col. Robert Kelly

    43 – Spec. Gary Rhodes

    44 – Steve Willis

    45 – Robert Williams

    46 – Conway LeBleu

    47 – Todd McKeehan

    Quite an impressive list! This is what happens to friends of the Clinton’s!

    • And you are responsible for the deaths of every single person who ever crossed paths with you, including drug runners who crashed their planes and people who died of cancer and heart attacks. Be prepared to do some serious time or perhaps even the death penalty.

      It’s official. This country has been taken over by lunatics. There must have been pesticides in the drinking water. 200 years of greatness, all pissed away.

  5. Very dishonest and disingenuous reporting, Jessica! He told Buzzfeed the same thing he told Fox News. He did not deny the Fox 5 account. He denies the idea that he say the emails. As he stated over and over again, the feds and the Metro PD are both claiming they do not have the computer. The person who “laid eyes” on the computer and emails is an unnamed source who is a Federal Investigator. Why don’t report on the disturbing network of coverup here that involves DNC officials contacting the family to intimidate/interrogate and do damage control the moment that an inquiry is made with the Metro PD by a Private Investigator?

  6. JESSICA McBRIDE – This could be VERY damming to the Left, so discrediting him is the only logical next step. I GET IT… if we are investigating Trump on less evidence than this, which is tied to the SAME leakS, why aren’t YOU shouting from the roof tops for an investigation? I know, because YOU don’t give a crap about the truth, just the globalist, socialist agenda. Very hypocritical… not that you seem to care.

  7. do hope they find the murderer… My reason for posting this – was for Jay and family to read about the man who denied on national news that he was involved in this case. Only hours later he admitted that he had lied……This man Ed Butowsky, claims to be a billion dollar wealth manager…. Ed is always on TV talking about how to make money…. But Ed Butowsky has had federal tax liens on his home -and has a record of bad check writing , etc….. If Butowsky can’t manage his own money why is he allowed to tell others thru the national news how to manage their finances…. and now ED has proven he has no problem lying to national news outlets….
    But hours later, he confirmed his involvement to CNN and acknowledged he had withheld the truth from NBC News.
    Butowsky, who attended President Donald Trump’s inauguration, has highlighted the Rich story on social media.