Jack Burkman, Seth Rich Investigator, Victim of a Hit-and-Run, Shooting
Jack Burkman, an investigator in the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich was the victim in a hit-and-run accident and shooting that involved a lead investigator from the Profiling Project.
Burkman was shot by a former lead investigator of the Profiling Project, Kevin Doherty. Doherty, 46, was charged Monday with Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and two counts of Malicious Wounding, according to a press release from the Arlington, Va, Co. police department.
The Washington Post provided more details about the attack, which was the second to befall Jack Burkman over the past several months. An unidentified assailant attacked Burkman with pepper spray at his home in January.
Jack Burkman was shot and run over March 13 at a Rosslyn Marriott hotel’s parking garage. Burkman was there to retrieve what he thought were documents from an FBI whistleblower.
Rich’s death was initially described as a robbery gone wrong, but many speculate Rich Seth was killed due to his involvement in stealing DNC emails eventually released through WikiLeaks.
Jack Burkman began working pro bono for Rich’s family in late 2016. He has come under heavy criticism for circulating unfounded theories about Rich’s death, including the Russian government was behind the killing. Burkman later claimed evidence suggested a serial killer murdered Rich was murdered.
Rich’s family members have since distanced themselves from Burkman.
BURKMAN FIRED DOHERTY
Jack Burkman fired Doherty and sent him a cease and desist letter, he told The Post.
“He became somewhat angry because he thought the Profiling Project belonged to him,” Burkman explained to The Post.
“I just figured the matter was closed,” Burkman added. “But what happened is, I guess, he was simmering and simmering and simmering.”
Doherty’s LinkedIn page lists him as a former Marine and former special agent with the Department of Energy’s Office of Special Operations. Until recently, he operated Virginia-based maritime security company Nexus Consulting. Numerous press articles quoted him as an expert in the field. Burkman’s group touted Doherty’s credentials in press releases about its Seth Rich investigation.
BURKMAN MOVED AWAY FROM RICH INVESTIGATION
Jack Burkman has moved away from the Seth Rich investigation in recent months. His latest project involved a $25,000 reward for information from FBI whistleblowers about bureau officials’ handling of the Clinton email and Russia investigations.
It was that project Burkman was visiting the Virginia parking garage. He believed he would be retrieving a Justice Department inspector general’s report on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired last Friday.
Burkman was told the papers were hidden under a cone in the garage, he said. But as The Post reports:
Instead, when Burkman bent over to pull the papers out from under the cone, he was shot in the buttocks and thigh. As he ran out of the garage with his dachshund in his arms, he was hit by an SUV.
The driver Dougherty backed up and tried to hit him again, Burkman said to The Post.
“It looked like he was coming to kill me,” he told The Post.
Burkman did not learn Doherty was involved in the accident and shooting until he was in the hospital, when police identified his attacker.
Doherty is currently being held without bond.
BURKMAN FUNDED PROFILING PROJECT, DOHERTY LED
Jack Burkman funded The Profiling Project, a group that released its findings into Seth Rich’s death.
The project was led by Kevin Doherty and Jennifer Rohrer. Doherty, as we mentioned, is a former U.S. Marine and criminal investigator. Rohrer is a clinical and forensic psychologist. The Project was staffed by volunteers from The Student Association for Forensic Psychology at George Washington University. The Profiling Project determined that Rich’s death did not appear to be a random homicide or a robbery gone bad, but was likely performed by a hired killer or a serial murderer. The Profiling Project didn’t have any special access to materials or evidence or people. The determination was based on “informal, limited interviews” and “statistics, prior research, and Logos.” The Project did state in its report that the theories that Rich was killed because of WikiLeaks or because of Russians was “not likely” “unless a toxin was introduced into Seth.”
In February and March of 2017, Burkman said he had evidence that Seth Rich’s murder was linked to Russians. He said it was all based on an anonymous man who approached him, claiming he was an intel officer. The man claimed that Seth Rich had discovered evidence of Russian hacking and was killed because of it. The man, Burkman claimed, was 65 to 70 years old and said he was a contractor in Iraq in the 1970s. They talked for 90 minutes in a Four Seasons Hotel.
At the time, Burkman said: “I was approached by a guy who styles himself as a former U.S. intel officer,” Burkman said. “I quizzed him. I think he’s credible – you never know the motive of people. But what he said is basically this – that Seth discovered that the Russians had been hacking and therefore the Russian government did away with Seth.”
The discovery, Burkman claimed, was related to Russians’ hacking the DNC through Rich’s work on the voter registration program. He said that investigating Rich made him scared and he hired private security for his family. Since meeting with this anonymous individual, Burkman has been very confident about his theory. He told the Daily Mail: “I believe that Seth happened upon their hacking. And what’s logical about that are two things: the timeline and the fact that he would have been the one to find it.” He added that Rich was too smart to leave an email trail about his discovery.
BURKMAN FILED A FOIA REQUEST – METRO DC PD
In late May, Burkman filed a lawsuit (or a FOIA request, depending on which source you read) seeking to compel the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department to release more information about Rich’s shooting in July, including video footage. Police reports showed that officers patrolling the neighborhood heard gunshots at 4:20 a.m. and found Rich still conscious and breathing. The reports showed that three of the responding officers were wearing body cams at the time. The police department often releases surveillance video about unsolved murder investigations, The Daily Caller reported, but has not released the body cam footage for Rich.
The Profiling Project also filed FOIA requests seeking police records, surveillance video, the medical examiner’s autopsy report, and the ballistics report.
The investigation into the death of Democratic National Committee worker Seth Rich is still an open homicide case over a year after he was murdered in the District’s Bloomingdale neighborhood.
BURKMAN HOSTED “BEHIND THE CURTAIN”
Burkman hosts a radio show called “Behind the Curtain.” The radio show’s webpage describes Burkman as “a K street Lobbyist and strategist like no other. Beholden to no one, Behind the Curtain with Jack Burkman stops at nothing to get to the stories that nobody is talking about but everyone needs to know… Burkman is a powerful conservative voice, but doesn’t work for the GOP establishment and his pursuit of the truth doesn’t stop at the party line.”
Burkman was also a former Fox News political analyst and from 1998-2002 and previously appeared regularly on ABC’s Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.
But you won’t hear anything about the unsolved murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, liberals and the MSM would rather concentrate on a former porn star called “Stormy Daniels”. A porn star story beats a dead DNC staffer any day as far as they are concerned.