Congressman Met Assange, Will Brief President Trump on Information
The US Congressman who met Julian Assange this week will brief President Trump on information from the WikiLeaks publisher about last year’s publication of Democratic Party e-Mails.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), told reporters Thursday that he left the 3-hour meeting in London retaining his belief that the DNC’s e-Mails 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.”
Mr. Rohrabacher did not say if he was given a physical set of files by Mr. Assange to support a counter-narrative on how WikiLeaks acquired e-Mails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.
A plethora of US counterintelligence agencies have said that Russia hacked those e-Mails and gave them to WikiLeaks.
“We did not go into detail about how WikiLeaks acquired DNC e-Mails, 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.
The idea of Mr. Rohrabacher privately briefing President Trump is likely to alarm critics who point to the President’s Twitter assertions.
Mr. Rohrabacher said he believes the release of e-Mails was an “inside job,” pointing to a recent report by a group of dissident former US intelligence agency workers that suggested Democratic National Committee e-Mails were downloaded too quickly to have been done remotely.
A popular theory holds that the unsolved murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich last year was connected to the disclosure.
“I’ve said this in the past, I certainly don’t believe the Russians did this and I believe someone else did,” Mr. Rohrabacher said.
The meeting Tuesday was “a very wide-ranging discussion,” Mr. Rohrabacher said, including an “in-depth philosophical discussion about the nature of government” and discussion of WikiLeaks gaining a seat at White House press briefings.
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