"He reaffirmed his aggressive denial that the Russians had anything to do with the hacking of the DNC during the election", Rohrabacher told the Orange County Register about meeting with Assange. Grubbs declined to elaborate on Johnson's relationship with Rohrabacher.
Rohrabacher's office said he and Assange met for "some three hours" at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Wednesday, where Assange has been living in asylum since 2012.
The putative "Russia hacks" have fueled U.S. hostility toward Russia since mid-2016, despite both Russia and WikiLeaks denying that Russia was involved in the leaks, which were seen to politically embarrass Hillary Clinton during last year's campaign, and which some Democrats have alleged were a concerted Russian plot to "get Trump elected".
Last year Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused Rohrabacher of being bribed by Russian President Vladimir Putin to watch out for Russia's interests in Congress, and allegations of Rohrabacher violating the Magnitsky Act by trying to get Russia's deputy general prosecutor, Victor Grin, removed from the US sanctions list arose last month.
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Rohrabacher also said he plans to bring information from the meeting -which he would not detail for The Times - directly to President Trump.
Rohrabacher added that he believes the information Assange shared with him "will have an earth-shattering political impact". "Thus if he comes up with that, you know he's going to expect something in return". Russian Federation has denied the allegations it interfered in the United States election, calling them absurd and a distraction from actual election fraud. Rohrabacher, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, is the only USA congressman to have visited the controversial figure.
Grubbs also said Rohrabacher paid for the trip to London - which he took while many of his House colleagues are working and holding town hall meetings in their districts - with personal funds.