Recall that, as far back as January, Assange has consistently maintained that there has been no Russian collusion. He even gave an interview to Fox News’s Sean Hannity to say so.
On August 16, the Daily Caller reported:
Charles Johnson, a conservative journalist, told TheDC that he arranged the Meeting for Assange because the WikiLeaks chief wants to strike a deal with the U.S. so he can stop living in asylum.
Rohrabacher’s spokesman Ken Grubbs told TheDC, “I can confirm that the meeting happened” and said that Johnson was in the meeting.
Johnson said that he arranged for the meeting to happen and that Rohrabacher would be the envoy in charge of bringing back a deal to the Trump White House …
Rohrabacher issued a statement afterward to the effect that:
Assange “emphatically stated that the Russians were not involved in the hacking or disclosure of those emails.”
The congressman, Johnson and Assange met for three hours:
A press release from the California congressman’s office stated that Rohrabacher “plans to divulge more of what he found directly to President Trump.”
The Hill reported:
“Our three-hour meeting covered a wide array of issues, including the WikiLeaks exposure of the DNC [Democratic National Committee] emails during last year’s presidential election,” Rohrabacher said, “Julian emphatically stated that the Russians were not involved in the hacking or disclosure of those emails” …
“Julian also indicated that he is open to further discussions regarding specific information about the DNC email incident that is currently unknown to the public,” he said.
Sean Hannity spoke with The Hill‘s executive vice president John Solomon, who wrote the above article. Hannity concluded the interview by saying that Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading this hacking investigation, and the Republican-majority Congress have ‘a duty’ to find out more about this.
Guess what happened in ten days’ time? Rohrabacher was connected with Russians, but, strangely enough, as Fox’s Tucker Carlson said, not with Assange. You can see the board with the congressman’s notional connections in the first few moments of the following video:
Rohrabacher found this laughable, since he was President Ronald Reagan’s speechwriter during a time when Russia was far from being America’s friend. However, he is Chairman of the Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, so will have met with Russians through his work. Seriously, if anyone has Russian connections it’s the Clintons and the Podestas. This post has more on wider Democrat connections.
Rohrabacher told Carlson that, while he does not approve of all WikiLeaks releases, he largely approves of their work in exposing governmental over-reach.
He told Carlson that Assange said the leaks were an inside job.
On August 30, Sean Hannity interviewed Rohrabacher. The congressman has not seen President Donald Trump yet but has been told that a meeting is being arranged:
Meanwhile, in possibly related news, the FBI says that Hillary Clinton’s emails are not in the public interest. The Washington Times reported:
Hillary Clinton’s case isn’t interesting enough to the public to justify releasing the FBI’s files on her, the bureau said this week in rejecting an open-records request by a lawyer seeking to have the former secretary of state punished for perjury.
Ty Clevenger has been trying to get Mrs. Clinton and her personal attorneys disbarred for their handling of her official emails during her time as secretary of state. He’s met with resistance among lawyers, and now his request for information from the FBI’s files has been shot down.
“You have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject,” FBI records management section chief David M. Hardy told Mr. Clevenger in a letter Monday.
The next day, Assange sent this message:
In the meantime, I hope that a meeting between Trump and Rohrabacher is imminent.