MAINE, USA — 'Putin's favorite congressman' Dana Rohrabacher is in the news for his part in the Julian Assange pardoning claims, but this story might be closer to home than you think.
That's because Dana Rohrabacher and his family recently moved to York, The Portland Press Herald reported last month.
Rohrabacher left the U.S. House a year ago after losing his bid for a 16th term representing Orange County, Calif. In June, Rohrabacher bought a four-bedroom, Victorian-style home for $849,000 on a 3-acre riverside lot in York with his wife and 13-year-old triplets.
On Christmas Day, he posted a picture on Facebook of his family in front of Cape Neddick lighthouse, writing, “Today the Rohrabacher family is especially grateful for our health and our new location in York, Maine. We feel blessed to have spent most of our lives in OC immersed in SoCal surf culture, but now we are feeling very much at home here in southern coastal Maine."
Wednesday night, Rohrabacher made the following statement on his website about his meeting with Assange:
"At no time did I talk to President Trump about Julian Assange," Rohrabacher wrote. Likewise, I was not directed by Trump or anyone else connected with him to meet with Julian Assange.
"I was on my own fact finding mission at personal expense to find out information I thought was important to our country. I was shocked to find out that no other member of Congress had taken the time in their official or unofficial capacity to interview Julian Assange. At no time did I offer Julian Assange anything from the President because I had not spoken with the President about this issue at all. However, when speaking with Julian Assange, I told him that if he could provide me information and evidence about who actually gave him the DNC emails, I would then call on President Trump to pardon him."
"At no time did I offer a deal made by the President, nor did I say I was representing the President. Upon my return, I spoke briefly with Gen. Kelly. I told him that Julian Assange would provide information about the purloined DNC emails in exchange for a pardon. No one followed up with me including Gen. Kelly and that was the last discussion I had on this subject with anyone representing Trump or in his Administration."
"Even though I wasn't successful in getting this message through to the President I still call on him to pardon Julian Assange, who is the true whistleblower of our time. Finally, we are all holding our breath waiting for an honest investigation into the murder of Seth Rich."