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Was Seth Rich’s Laptop National Security Evidence?

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We reported in July on documents hosted at the FBI records vault related to murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich. The release followed attorney Ty Clevenger’s lawsuit after his client’s FOIA request had been denied. Here we examine these documents in detail.

The 142 pages are hosted within two PDFs that we’ve combined here (page numbers throughout this article correspond with that upload). Pages 86-142 are the newly released documents the FBI found to be related to Seth Rich. Some of these are identical, or nearly identical, to documents previously available in the public domain, while some reveal information that we had not yet seen.

Among the documents are numerous FBI ‘302’ forms used to summarize interviews conducted during the course of an active investigation. The 302 is a combination of an agent’s recollection of what was said and incorporating any notes taken. Interviews are not typically recorded.

Similar to a police incident report, the process is prone to both unintentional inaccuracies and intentional misrepresentation. 302’s have historically been used to manufacture fabricated evidence in politically sensitive cases, including General Michael Flynn’s case. The witness usually has no chance to correct errors or fabrications, though there is legal precedent that a characterization therein requires corroboration to be considered fact.

A 302 report is supposed to be filed by the agent within five days after the interview being summarized, but in the release, we see many 302 filings that are dated much later:

Page
Subject of Interview
Date Occurred
Date Entered
Difference (Days)

62
Unknown*
09/14/16
09/29/16
15

118
Unknown*
09/14/16
09/30/16
16

59
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