Rep. Dana Rohrabacher: Someone leaked ‘very important’ call with John Kelly concerning WikiLeaks
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.
The Republican congressman from California spoke with Kelly on Wednesday regarding his recent meeting with WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in London, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday evening, and broached a possible trade.
Rohrabacher 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.
“I don’t 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.
“Look, 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.”
He still hasn’t been able to meet with President Trump to brief him on his meeting with Assange:
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher still waiting to tell Trump what he learned at his meeting with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said Thursday he hasn’t yet arranged a meeting with President Trump to discuss what he learned from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about the theft of Democratic emails during the 2016 election.
“The meeting has not been put on the calendar yet, but I have spoken to senior people at the White House about arranging a meeting,” Rohrabacher, a Costa Mesa Republican, said between House votes Thursday. “I have to believe it will happen, yes. It’s an important issue.”
A White House official confirmed that Rohrabacher talked to Kelly about his plan; however, Kelly reportedly turned him down and said that the plan “was best directed to the intelligence community.” President Donald Trump was unaware of the details of Rohrabacher’s plan, The Journal said.
In the call, Rohrabacher pushed Kelly for a meeting between Assange and White House aide, “preferably someone with direct communication with the president,” according to the Journal.
“I would be happy to go with somebody you trust whether it is somebody at the FBI; somebody on your staff,” Rohrabacher apparently said.
He told Kelly that he would be “pleased” to discuss the matter with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, but that the agency “has its limitations” and wanted “to cover their butt by having gone along with this big lie.”
This from an article about DACA:
The result: Trump gets mostly positive feedback for his turn towards bipartisanship. He watches cable news in the morning, and even “Fox and Friends” finds a way to praise his deal with the Democrats. He reads his morning news clips and briefing materials, which are managed by Staff Secretary Rob Porter, under the guidance of Kelly. And during the day it’s not possible for a staff member to sneak a story onto Trump’s desk that might rile him up and turn him in a wildly different direction in an instant.
Daily Caller reporting on it now:
Report: Congressman Chats With WH About Potential Assange Pardon
h/t Daniel Higdon