GOP Congressman Tried to Broker Pardon for Julian Assange From Trump White House (Report)

Republican California congressman Dana Rohrabacher contacted the White House earlier this week with an interesting deal: Pardon Julian Assange in exchange for what he said was evidence proving Russia was not the source of the now infamous hacked DNC emails published by WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential race, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

In a phone call to President Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly on Wednesday, Rohrabacher described a possible agreement to pardon Assange or “something like that,” the Journal reported. In exchange for the deal, according to the report, Assange would provide a computer drive that would exonerate Russia in case.

While Assange has not been formally accused of wrongdoing, the U.S. government is looking into WikiLeaks’ release of secret government documents in 2010.

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Rohrabacher confirmed that he spoke to Kelly but declined to elaborate.

“I can’t confirm or deny anything about a private conversation at that level,” he told the Journal.

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Rohrabacher’s offer comes as Special Counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees are investigating Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, as well as the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with the Kremlin.

Trump has repeatedly denied the accusations.

Rohrabacher has earned a reputation on Capitol Hill as being  decidedly pro-Russia. A May NBC report, said fellow GOP lawmaker Kevin McCarthy once joked that “there’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.”

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Republican California congressman Dana Rohrabacher contacted the White House earlier this week with an interesting deal: Pardon Julian Assange in exchange for what he said was evidence proving Russia was not the source of the now infamous hacked DNC emails published by WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential race, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

In a phone call to President Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly on Wednesday, Rohrabacher described a possible agreement to pardon Assange or “something like that,” the Journal reported. In exchange for the deal, according to the report, Assange would provide a computer drive that would exonerate Russia in case.

While Assange has not been formally accused of wrongdoing, the U.S. government is looking into WikiLeaks’ release of secret government documents in 2010.

Rohrabacher confirmed that he spoke to Kelly but declined to elaborate.

“I can’t confirm or deny anything about a private conversation at that level,” he told the Journal.

Rohrabacher’s offer comes as Special Counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees are investigating Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, as well as the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with the Kremlin.

Trump has repeatedly denied the accusations.

Rohrabacher has earned a reputation on Capitol Hill as being  decidedly pro-Russia. A May NBC report, said fellow GOP lawmaker Kevin McCarthy once joked that “there’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.”

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MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ Degenerates Into Shouting Match With Congressman Over Russia (Video)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) joined MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday and things got heated fairly quickly, even by “Morning Joe” standards, with co-host Joe Scarborough accusing the Republican congressman of lying.

Rohrabacher is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats. Scarborough asked, “How did the United States sit back and do absolutely nothing as Assad was slaughtering his people and the Russians stepped in and joined in on that slaughter?”

“Well, that’s a question that’s based on false premises,” Rohrabacher responded, kicking off a lengthy back and fourth.

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“No it’s not. No it’s not,” Scarborough said, while Rohrabacher fired back, “Now wait a minute. Do you want me to answer your question?”

“No, I just don’t want you to lie on my television show … we just don’t let people come on the show and lie,” Scarborough responded.

The two argued over each other for a bit before Rohrabacher threatened to walk off.

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“OK, listen, goodbye. If you’re not going to let me say anything, it’s goodbye. I’m a guest on your program,” Rohrabacher said before co-host Mika Brzezinski told him he had 10 seconds to answer the question.

“All right, so now you’re going to give me a chance to do it? All right. The bottom line is, we are at war with radical Islam. We are at war with people who want to destroy us,” Rohrabacher said. “You’re talking about a no-fly zone where we are shooting down Russian airplanes?”

“Morning Joe” intervened, reminding the congressman that he asked about the women and children that the Russians were targeting.

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“Let me tell you something: We allied with Stalin. We allied with Stalin in order to defeat Hitler. Now Stalin was a horrible man. He murdered millions of people, but we knew Hitler was a bigger threat. Today, the biggest threat is radical Islam, to our safety. And if we keep trying to focus on all of the faults of Russia so that we can’t work with them to defeat this common enemy, you’re not doing any service to the people of the United States or the cause of peace,” Rohrabacher said.

Scarborough responded, “Well I think we’ve found common cause here.”

But they went on to argue even more. Check out the video above.

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) joined MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday and things got heated fairly quickly, even by “Morning Joe” standards, with co-host Joe Scarborough accusing the Republican congressman of lying.

Rohrabacher is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats. Scarborough asked, “How did the United States sit back and do absolutely nothing as Assad was slaughtering his people and the Russians stepped in and joined in on that slaughter?”

“Well, that’s a question that’s based on false premises,” Rohrabacher responded, kicking off a lengthy back and fourth.

“No it’s not. No it’s not,” Scarborough said, while Rohrabacher fired back, “Now wait a minute. Do you want me to answer your question?”

“No, I just don’t want you to lie on my television show … we just don’t let people come on the show and lie,” Scarborough responded.

The two argued over each other for a bit before Rohrabacher threatened to walk off.

“OK, listen, goodbye. If you’re not going to let me say anything, it’s goodbye. I’m a guest on your program,” Rohrabacher said before co-host Mika Brzezinski told him he had 10 seconds to answer the question.

“All right, so now you’re going to give me a chance to do it? All right. The bottom line is, we are at war with radical Islam. We are at war with people who want to destroy us,” Rohrabacher said. “You’re talking about a no-fly zone where we are shooting down Russian airplanes?”

“Morning Joe” intervened, reminding the congressman that he asked about the women and children that the Russians were targeting.

“Let me tell you something: We allied with Stalin. We allied with Stalin in order to defeat Hitler. Now Stalin was a horrible man. He murdered millions of people, but we knew Hitler was a bigger threat. Today, the biggest threat is radical Islam, to our safety. And if we keep trying to focus on all of the faults of Russia so that we can’t work with them to defeat this common enemy, you’re not doing any service to the people of the United States or the cause of peace,” Rohrabacher said.

Scarborough responded, “Well I think we’ve found common cause here.”

But they went on to argue even more. Check out the video above.

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