Rohrabacher: Someone Leaked 'Very Important' Call
With John Kelly concerning WikiLeaks
By Steven Nelson
- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said someone leaked
information about his call this week with White
House chief of staff John Kelly, possibly to
undermine his ability to speak directly with
President Trump about WikiLeaks.
Republican congressman from California spoke with
Kelly on Wednesday regarding his recent meeting with
WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in London, the
Wall Street Journal
evening, and broached a possible trade.
reportedly used the word "deal" in his conversation
with Kelly and said Assange would get a pardon or
"something like that" in exchange for information
files on a data-storage device showing that Russia
did not hack Democratic emails that WikiLeaks
published last year during the 2016 campaign.
get nothing, obviously, if what he gave us was not
proof," Rohrabacher told Kelly, according to the
said after his August meeting with Assange that
WikiLeaks could disprove the conclusion of U.S. spy
agencies that Russia was responsible for hacking
Democratic emails, and that he would seek a meeting
with Trump to discuss the information.
told the Washington Examiner on Friday
evening that he would not confirm quotes attributed
to him, and said nobody in his office was
responsible for disclosing the call.
honored the confidentially of a very important
business-related call," he said, speculating that
someone inside the White House or within U.S.
intelligence agencies leaked the call.
know who it is, all I know is I'm up against an
array of very powerful forces, including the
intelligence services and major newspapers that are
basically allied with the liberal Left who have
every reason to undermine communication on this
issue," he told the Washington Examiner.
there are very powerful forces at work," he added.
"We've got the NSA, the FBI and the CIA, all of whom
confirmed a major lie that was being used for
political purposes and a lie that was repeated and
repeated in order to undercut our new president."
said White House leaks to the press are particularly
bad during Republican presidencies, as staffers
attempt to ingratiate themselves with reporters, and
he's not ruling that out as an explanation.
people who are obviously just trying to cover their
ass for mistakes they have made," he added,
referring to the intelligence agency theory. "They
will probably do their best to keep Trump from
knowing about this and knowing about his options to
has for years been skeptical of U.S. policy toward
Russia, defending its annexation of Crimea while
former President Barack Obama was in office before
refusing to accept that Russia interfered in the
2016 election to help Trump.
congressman is celebrated by some groups for his
maverick approach to politics, such as his
leadership role pushing for marijuana reform
legislation, but also is known for making sometimes
Rohrabacher was quoted earlier this week as saying
he believed Confederate war re-enactors had been
tricked into rallying in Charlottesville, Va., last
month. He said he
stood by those remarks.
think I was misquoted, [but] there should be no
implication that I believe Civil War re-enactors are
stupid," he said. Rohrabacher said he can't recall
the source of that information, but that he believes
he heard it in a news report.
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