The New York Times just released a bombshell report that one House Republican was considered so important to the Kremlin, they gave him his own code name and considered him a Russian asset.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) began his political career as a speechwriter for famously anti-communist President Ronald Reagan. Thirty years ago, he was elected to Congress and has spent much of that time gravitating towards Russia’s orbit, beginning with a notorious arm-wrestling match with Vladimir Putin before his rise to power.
Now, Rohrabacher’s Russian contacts have drawn him closer to the Special Counsel’s election probe than any other person outside of the direct orbit of the Trump Campaign, save for perhaps Julian Assange. The Times reports:
For two decades, Representative Dana Rohrabacher has been of value to the Kremlin, so valuable in recent years that the F.B.I. warned him in 2012 that Russia regarded him as an intelligence sourceworthy of a Kremlin code name.
The following year, the California Republican became even more valuable, assuming the chairmanship of the Foreign Affairs subcommittee that oversees Russia policy. He sailed to re-election again and again, even as he developed ties to Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia.
Rep. Rohrabacher began taking foreign political cash from Trump’s indicted ex-Campaign Chairman as far back as 2013 (shortly after the FBI warned that he was being recruited by Putin’s spies).
Paul Manafort later admitted that he donated the money as part of his work as a secret agent of Ukraine’s pro-Putin political party. Those donations landed Rohrabacher and Republican House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce under investigation by Special Counsel Mueller.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher rocketed to national infamy this year after an early summer Washington Post report revealed that House Republican leadership believed he was collecting Russian money during last year’s elections, along with Donald Trump.
Speaker Paul Ryan told the assembled GOP lawmakers to cover it all up and keep it “in the family” with “no leaks.”
The House GOP leadership meeting took place on June 15th, 2016, just one day after Rep. Rohrabacher held a meeting about “U.S. Policy Towards Putin’s Russia,” which he also attended as an unregistered lobbyist. Here is a photo of that meeting:
— Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) July 11, 2017
After the Congressional hearing, Rep. Rohrabacher attended an exclusive screening of a Russian propaganda film at Washington’s Newseum, just a few blocks from the capital, with the very same Kremlin agent who dangled dirt on Hillary Clinton to the Trump campaign only days earlier.
Later this summer, Rohrabacher was caught quite literally taking orders from Vladimir Putin’s prosecutor-general Yuri Chaika, before holding that meeting.
He used that script from the Russian government to try and turn that hearing of the House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, which he still Chairs – including foreign policy oversight on matters related to Russia – into a show trial of deceased attorney Sergey Magnitsky, whose posthumous trial has inspired two anti-corruption sanctions laws here, and more recently a new Magnitsky Act which was passed in Canada.
Just last month, Vladimir Putin himself read talking points off of the very same script handed to Rep. Rohrabacher last year. Veselnitskaya released her notes for the Trump Tower meeting given to her by Chaika, which were also in accord with Putin’s and Rohrabacher’s scripts.
In August, Rep. Rohrabacher traveled with a villainous GOP political operative all the way to London to personally meet Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the Ecuadoran embassy, in order to carry his water back to Washington D.C.
The California Republicans insane plans to get Assange an audience with the President were kiboshed by Chief of Staff John Kelly, but it turns out that Donald Trump Jr. followed the fugitive publisher on Twitter in order to turn on a DM channel almost immediately after the London visit.
DonaldJTrumpJr has just followed @JulianAssange.
— Trump Alert (@TrumpsAlert) August 18, 2017
Last week’s revelations in The Atlantic and DM messages released by Don Jr. himself indicate that his outreach to Assange this year was no accident since Wikileaks has been communicating with the President’s son during and after the election.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s role in the Trump-Russia probe isn’t entirely clear yet, but his frequent contacts with high-ranking members of Putin’s inner circle has drawn him into Special Counsel Muller’s probe and put him in the unusual position of being called as a witness in the Senate’s Russia investigation too, while a sitting member of the House.
The Times noted that the House Foreign Affairs Committee hasn’t restricted Rohrabacher’s activities or travel yet, but the Chairman says he’s finally keeping a close eye on Putin’s favorite Congressman.