Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R) “met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Wednesday at the Ecuadorian embassy in London,” his spokesman confirmed. Conservative journalist Charles Johnson said 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. … Assange has taken asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy since August 2012 after facing sexual assault charges in Sweden.”
“Rohrabacher put out a statement in which he said Assange ‘emphatically stated that the Russians were not involved in the hacking or disclosure of those emails.” The three met for three hours and Rohrabacher is the first congressman to have visited the WikiLeaks founder.’ The statement said Rohrabacher “plans to divulge more of what he found directly to President Trump.” (Daily Caller)
DCCC spokesman Drew Godinich: “The fact that Dana Rohrabacher would meet with Assange, let alone work to secure his freedom, begs the question: Who is he really working for? Because it’s not the voters who sent him to Congress.” The DCCC called on Rohrabacher to resign. (Politico)
Democrats are targeting Rohrabacher, who holds a district that Hillary Clinton won. Stem cell biologist Hans Keirstead (D) and businessman Harley Rouda (D) are among his challengers.