Rep. Dana Rohrabacher met with Wikileaks co-founder and editor in chief Julian Assange this week and will be briefing President Trump on the intel he gathered when he returns to Washington D.C.
Rohrabacher learned new information regarding the DNC “hacking,” which Assange has stated did not involve the Russians.
Roharabacher has never believed the DNC “hacking” was at the hands of Russia and still believes it was an inside job.
Washington Examiner reports:
A congressman who met with Julian Assange this week says he will brief President Trump on information from the WikiLeaks publisher about last year’s publication of Democratic Party emails.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican, told the Washington Examiner he left the three-hour meeting in London retaining his belief that the emails were not hacked by Russia’s government.
“I will have discussions with President Trump before going public, and that should happen hopefully within two weeks of now, by the end of the month,” he said. “In the end, the American people are going to know more than what they know now, and it will be with more certainty.”
Rohrabacher declined to say if he was given a physical set of files by Assange to support a counter-narrative on how WikiLeaks acquired emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. U.S. spy agencies say Russia hacked those emails and gave them to WikiLeaks.
“I told you, I’m not going to go into details on that,” said the Orange County conservative about whether he was given physical files. At one point, however, Rohrabacher implied he had not been given documents.
“We did not go into detail [about how WikiLeaks acquired Democratic emails], but that will obviously be something that will be provided in greater detail shortly,” he said.
“This is not a one step process, it’s a two-step or three step-process. There are some things we just have to go to the president with and see what he says, and then see how we can actually work its way so the American people know the truth,” he said.
Rohrabacher said he will be traveling to France to celebrate his 20th wedding anniversary before returning to the U.S.
The idea of Rohrabacher privately briefing Trump is likely to alarm critics who point to the president’s sometimes evidence-free assertions.
Rohrabacher said he believes the release of emails was an “inside job,” pointing to a recent report by a group of dissident former U.S. intelligence agency workers that suggested Democratic National Committee emails were downloaded too quickly to have been done remotely.
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