A Republican strategist and lobbyist who offered a financial reward for information on the murder of Democratic staffer Seth Rich was violently attacked earlier this week at his home by an unknown assailant.
According to the police report, a man in a dark-colored SUV parked in Burkman’s driveway and exited the vehicle when he saw Burkman approaching his home, sprayed him with a “caustic substance,” hit him in the head and then drove off. The Post notes:
Burkman said in an interview, he walked to the grocery store, a short distance from his quiet Arlington street a few blocks from the Potomac. He purchased items for dinner and went home, so lost in his own thoughts that he said he didn’t notice the dark SUV in his driveway until he was about 30 feet away.
As Burkman tells it, a man in a black jacket got out of the SUV on the passenger side and, as he came around to the front of the car, put on a mask that “looked like something you would see in one of the movies of a bank robber.”
Burkman said that the attack “looked professional.” Though he said he has angered many people in his life, Burkman did not have any idea who could have been behind the attack. A few notable controversial actions by Burkman:
- He promoted banning gay football players from the NFL.
- He offered a $130,000 reward for information on the murder of former DNC staffer Seth Rich.
- He appeared in court hours before the attack in the case against former Trump campaign official Rick Gates after he purportedly held a fundraiser to help raise money for Gates’ legal defense.