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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Former California Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher confirmed in a new interview that during a three-hour meeting at the Ecuadorian Embassy in August 2017, he told Julian Assange he would get President Trump to give him a pardon if he turned over information proving the Russians had not been the source of internal Democratic National Committee emails published by WikiLeaks.

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Rohrabacher? Never heard of him.

~ Moscow Fats ~

#1 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2020-02-20 11:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Rohrabacher? Never heard of him.

#1 | Posted by reinheitsgebot

He delivered the coffee.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2020-02-20 11:30 AM | Reply

Rohrabacher said his goal during the meeting was to find proof for a widely debunked conspiracy theory: that WikiLeaks' real source for the DNC emails was not Russian intelligence agents, as U.S. officials have since concluded, but former DNC staffer Seth Rich, who was murdered on the streets of Washington in July 2016 in what police believe was a botched robbery.

Posted by reinheitsgebot at 11:16 AM | 2 COMMENTS | permalink | Comment on This Entry |

Additional evidence that Trump is mentally ill.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2020-02-20 11:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So what?

Just another quid pro quo that the GOP will sweep under the rug in fealty to dear leader.

#4 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-02-20 12:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Rightwingers don't care. There is no level of corruption that bothers them when it comes to Trump. Because, if you think about it, it is absolutely ****ing outrageous that Trump would be offering a potential pardon for Assange in order to get a statement, bogus or otherwise, that Russia was not the source of the Wikileaks info. Really ****ing unbelievable.

#5 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-02-20 02:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Did your mother not read this to you correctly?

From the article.

"I spoke to Julian Assange and told him if he would provide evidence about who gave WikiLeaks the emails I would petition the president to give him a pardon," Rohrabacher said. "He knew I could get to the president."

When he spoke to Kelly, the then chief of staff was "courteous" but made no commitment that he would even raise the matter directly with the president. "He knew this had to be handled with care," Rohrabacher said, and that it could be spun by the news media in ways that would be "harmful" to the president. In fact, Rohrabacher said he never heard anything further from Kelly about the matter, nor did he ever discuss the subject directly with Trump.

Trump never offered a pardon..

#6 | Posted by sawdust at 2020-02-20 04:35 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Sawbust doesn't understand how these deals work.... or doesn't want to understand.

Assange would know what his chances of getting a pardon would be.... quite good.

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2020-02-20 04:52 PM | Reply

What's sad is that even with a pardon offered for it... Assange still couldn't produce anything to clear the Russians.

#8 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-02-20 05:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump could be screwing Sawdust's sister/wife in front of his double wide in front of him, and if Trump said he wasn't the troglodyte would believe Trump.

#9 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-02-20 05:07 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Love you guys. Living in your little bubble.

Remember in 2016 when I warned you about Trump and all you little minded leftists ridiculed me?

Continue in your little fantasy world.

Reality is going to continue to disappoint and anger you.

#10 | Posted by sawdust at 2020-02-20 07:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump never offered a pardon..

Reading comprehension is challenging when you're seeing orange.

#11 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2020-02-21 10:14 AM | Reply

Remember in 2016 when I warned you about Trump and all you little minded leftists ridiculed me?

#10 | Posted by sawdust at 2020-02-20 07:25 PM | Reply

We admit now that he is even worse than you promised.

#12 | Posted by Zed at 2020-02-21 10:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump never offered a pardon..
#6 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

I think you are mis-reading the headline. It doesn't say Trump offered a Pardon. It says it would be Trump's Pardon as opposed to say a simple non-prosecution agreement.

But for once, I agree with you. The headline is written poorly. No where in the article does it say Trump or the White House offered a pardon to Assange.

It only says Rohrabacher said he could get one.

#13 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-02-21 12:06 PM | Reply

Trump never offered a pardon..
#6 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

As a side note, Rohrabacker only denied Trump's involvement in the pardon once it became an issue...

So I don't believe him especially knowing Stone was talking with Assange. But there certainly isn't enough evidence to say Trump agreed to offer the Pardon...yet...

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-02-21 12:13 PM | Reply

Trump never offered a pardon..
#6 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

You think Trump and his cronies haven't figured out that the "offer you can't refuse" shouldn't be thrown around by the actual Don(ald)?

It's that simple degree of separation that has protected Trump immeasurably up until now.

Lastly, I ask this question in all sincerity, let's say hypothetically Trump did not request Rohrabacker to approach Assange with said proposal, but Rohrbacker presented the proposal to Assange anyways. Do you think Trump would not go along with the proposal if Assange agreed to it by providing exculpatory evidence pertaining to Russia's involvement with the DNC hack?

#15 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-02-21 06:23 PM | Reply

As usual, lefties fall for so much false news because: They want to believe...

#16 | Posted by MSgt at 2020-02-21 07:27 PM | Reply

Under the Department's rules governing petitions for executive clemency, 28 C.F.R. 1.1 et seq., an applicant must satisfy a minimum waiting period of five years before he becomes eligible to apply for a presidential pardon of his federal conviction.

So how would Trump pardon someone who hasn't even been convicted yet? He might not even be in office when Assange hits the required 5 year mark.

Doesn't smell like fake news at all!

#17 | Posted by hoser at 2020-02-21 09:18 PM | Reply

It turns out the entire story was invented whole cloth so yahoo could sell ads.

#18 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-02-22 07:54 AM | Reply

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