One California congressman has taken a controversial and unusual step in the investigation of the claim that Russia leaked damaging emails about Hillary Clinton to the American public that were hacked from the servers of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary’s campaign chairman by forwarding them to Wikileaks.
He, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, is actually talking to Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, himself.
According to the Hill:
Julian Assange told a U.S. congressman on Tuesday he can prove the leaked Democratic Party documents he published during last year’s election did not come from Russia and promised additional helpful information about the leaks in the near future.
Rohrabacher, a Republican, is the first congressman to meet with Assange. The congressman met with Assange in London’s Ecuadorian Embassy where Assange is confined.
Assange’s testimony could throw a monkey wrench into the gears of the Russian collusion investigation since he is insistent that Russia is not the source of Wikileak’s material.
During this interview with Sean Hannity in January, Assange declared once again “We have said repeatedly over the last two month that our source is not the Russian government and is not a state source.”
That Russia is the source of the email leak is taken as gospel by most in government and politics based on the conclusion of numerous intelligence services, although how these services have reached this conclusion has not been fully known to the public.
Rohrabacher made clear to the Daily Caller that it is in Assange’s best interest to cooperate with the Russian investigation:
The congressman told TheDC that “if [Assange] is going to give us a big favor, he would obviously have to be pardoned to leave the Ecuadorian embassy.” Assange took asylum in the embassy in August 2012 after facing sexual assault charges in Sweden. The Justice Department also reportedly wants to charge Assange for helping Edward Snowden, a former NSA analyst, leak thousands of classified documents.
“He has information that will be of dramatic importance to the United States and the people of our country as well as to our government,” Rohrabacher said. “Thus if he comes up with that, you know he’s going to expect something in return. He can’t even leave the embassy to get out to Washington to talk to anybody if he doesn’t have a pardon. Obviously there is an issue there that needs to be dealt with, but we haven’t come to any conclusion yet.”
“We’ll take the word of the U.S. intelligence community over Julian Assange and Putin’s favorite Congressman,” Adrienne Watson, the DNC’s deputy communications director, said in a statement.
However, one wonders if Robert Mueller is conducting such a thorough “investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election” that he is executing search warrants and possibly combing over Trump’s old tax returns, then why is no one except for Rohrabacher is bothering to interview Julian Assange.