U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), whose colleagues believe is paid by Vladimir Putin, meets with Julian Assange and Charles Johnson, a conservative political activist, at the Ecuador Embassy in London. Assange’s lawyer is also in attendance.
According to reports, Assange would promise to provide evidence that Russia was not involved with the 2016 WikiLeaks dumps or DNC hacks in exchange for Rohrabacher’s protection against U.S. authorities.
Rohrabacher later claims that he agreed to the meeting because he believes someone “sucked [the emails] out of the machine and hacked [it] back to Russia,” and he hoped the meeting would help him prove it.
In 2021, a networked based in Spain obtains video of the meeting. The video reportedly shows Rohrabacher offering a pardon from Donald Trump in exchange for Assange declaring that Russia is not involved with sabotaging Hillary Clinton’s campaign or helping Trump. It’s unclear if this idea started with Assange, Rohrabacher, or Trump himself.
Rohrabacher claims this was not Trump’s idea.