NEW HAVEN, N.H. — New Hampshire Republicans are calling for a complete investigation of the death of Seth Conrad Rich, a former DNC staffer who was killed in Washington in July 2017.
In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.
Va.) said he is “very disturbed” by the investigation of Rich’s killing and wants it to be investigated by a full congressional committee.
Rich, 28, was killed on July 10, 2017, by a hit-and-run driver who fled the scene after he was approached by a Metropolitan Police Department officer.
The officer shot him multiple times.
Rich had a history of mental illness and was a frequent user of the Internet.
He was also a prominent WikiLeaks supporter and had received threats.
In a series of tweets in 2016, Rich said that he was working on a book and that he had been living on his own since 2015.
In an interview with ABC News on Monday, Manchin said the FBI and the Justice Department should have been able to conduct an independent investigation into Rich’s murder.
He said he believes the FBI should have reopened the investigation when the murder was first reported, but that it was not done.
“It is time for a thorough and impartial investigation by the Senate Judiciary Committee into the circumstances surrounding Seth’s murder, and I am calling on the House Speaker to appoint a special counsel to conduct that investigation,” Manchin wrote in his letter.
“It is my belief that this investigation is the best course of action for our nation.”
In the letter, Manchin asked Ryan to “use his powers of oversight and expedited hearings to expedite the appointment of a special prosecutor.”
“I believe that a thorough investigation by a committee of the House of Representatives, by its chair, and by the Judiciary Committee, should be done, and that the special counsel should be appointed to oversee the inquiry,” Manchis letter said.
Ryan, a Trump ally and former congressman, did not respond to a request for comment.