Washington-based Republicans are still curious about whether President Donald J. Trump knows that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has offered evidence that the Russians did not hack the Democratic National Committee emails in exchange for a pardon–which is what Trump told a reporter Sunday.
“I’ve never heard that mentioned, really, I’ve never heard that mentioned,” Trump told a reporter at a New Jersey airport on Sunday.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was told about the offer directly by Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R.-Calif.), according to a report in the Daily Caller.
Rohrabacher told the Daily Caller that he believes the request for a preemptive pardon is justified.
“Thus if he comes up with that, you know he’s going to expect something in return. He can’t even leave the embassy to get out to Washington to talk to anybody if he doesn’t have a pardon,” Rohrabacher told TheDC.
The Congressman also believes that the offer is deliberately being kept from the president.
“I think the president’s answer indicates that there is a wall around him that is being created by people who do not want to expose this fraud that there was collusion between our intelligence community and the leaders of the Democratic Party,” Rohrabacher added.
Though the United States has never filed charges against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, President Donald Trump has the ability to grant a preemptive pardon for any crimes he may have committed — and he should. Preemptive pardons are rare, but not unheard of — with one being granted most famously by President Ford to Richard Nixon soon after he replaced him in the White House.
Assange entered the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on June 19, 2012, where he applied and was granted political asylum. Since that time, the building has been encircled by police waiting on standby to arrest him.
Rohrabacher reportedly met with Kelly two weeks ago, providing him with details about his meeting with Assange in August.
The meeting between Rohrabacher and Assange was set up, and also attended, by WeSearchr and Got News founder and journalist Charles Johnson. The historic meeting marks the first time that a congressman has ever gone to meet with the publisher in person.
A source close to the negotiations told Big League Politics that they believe the evidence Assange would provide to the president is real and substantial.
Watch this One America News interview with Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R.-Calif.) about the offer from Julian Assange:
In 2016, after 16 months of investigation, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) concluded that Julian Assange is the victim of arbitrary detention. Not only did the group, made up of lawyers and human rights professionals, release an opinion that Assange should be released, they reported that he should be compensated by the governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom for “deprivation of liberty.”
“If other journalists were held to the same standard as Julian Assange, New York Times writers would be serving time in prison,” someone who worked closely with WikiLeaks opined to Big League Politics.