The lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claimed in court that President Trump offered his client a pardon if he released information showing that the Russians had nothing to do with the DNC leaks from 2016.
British authorities are determining whether or not Assange will be extradited back to the United States, where he has been charged with 18 felonies, 17 of which come under the Espionage Act. He is accused of helping former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning obtain illicit information for damaging leaks in 2010.
Assange’s attorney Edward Fitzgerald, QC, alleges that former Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher acted as a liason on Trump’s behalf in 2017. He allegedly told Assange that the President would give him a pardon if he was able to testify that Russians were not responsible for the 2016 DNC leaks.
Assange’s four-week extradition hearing was set to begin on Feb. 24, but his lawyer was able to get it delayed for several months. The first part of the case will begin on the scheduled date and proceed for one week, and the second part will begin on May 18 and proceed for three weeks.
Fitzgerald claimed during a preliminary hearing that a witness statement would reference “Mr. Rohrabacher going to see Mr. Assange and saying on instructions of the President offering pardon or some other way out if Mr. Assange said the Russians had nothing to do with the DNC leaks.”
They will attempt to use Manning’s case to argue that Assange should stay in Britain and not be extradited into the U.S., where the federal deep state will attempt to make an example out of the famed information liberator.
“Chelsea Manning’s plea and mitigation to the military commission has key passages which we will be relying on so we would seek to extract that and key press reports so the court has key materials,” Fitzgerald said in court.
“What we say is it is an abuse to seek extradition for a political offense so that is really part of the abuse argument,” he added.
Assange has previously stated in media appearances that Russians did not provide him with any of the leaks that his agency released during 2016 as the U.S. presidential campaign played out.
“Hillary Clinton has stated multiple times, falsely, that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies had assessed that Russia was the source of our publications. That’s false. We can say that the Russian government is not the source,” Assange said in Nov. 2016 in an interview with an Australian broadcaster.
“Well, the reason is obvious. They’re trying to delegitimize the Trump administration as it goes into the White House. They are trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate President,” Assange told Sean Hannity during a Fox News interview, explaining the genesis of the Russia lie.
“We can say, we have said, repeatedly that over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party,” Assange told Hannity.
If Trump offered a pardon to Assange for telling the truth in an official capacity, that is an encouraging sign for supporters of legitimate journalism and draining the swamp.
FBI Lists Journalist James O’Keefe Erroneously as ‘Convicted Felon’ to Prevent Him From Buying a Weapon
This is the problem with a federal background checking registry.
Project Veritas founder and conservative investigative reporter James O’Keefe has reported that he was recently denied a firearm because the FBI listed him as a “convicted felon” on their background registry.
O’Keefe posted a video on social media of himself at a New York gun store attempting to buy a shotgun before the federal background check under the NICS system rejected his request.
“I hope it’s not retaliating against me because of our journalism,” O’Keefe told the shopkeeper, who recognized O’Keefe from his work exposing liberal corruption and shook his hand.
The video can be seen here:
“Are you James O’Keefe?”
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) August 6, 2020
Big League Politics has reported on how efforts to strengthen federal background checks are a liberal trojan horse to enact gun control and keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens:
Another controversial provision of the omnibus spending bill is funding for a proposal known as “Fix-NICS.” Instead of attempting to pass it on its own, which has failed on numerous occasions, it appears that Republicans in congress have plugged the bill, which has support from a number of high-profile Democrats, including Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) into the massive spending bill.
SEC. 601. of the omnibus spending bill is titled the “FIX NICS ACT,” and is the same bill that anti-gun Republicans and Democrats have failed to pass in the past.
Fix-NICS provides massive funding to states to encourage them to input more people into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to bar them from firearm ownership.
The NICS system has already been massively abused, disproportionately targeting veterans. Over 257,000 veterans have already been barred from firearm ownership without any due process, and this funding only gives them the ammo they need to throw even more veterans into the NICS database.
The deep state would certainly be incentivized to punish O’Keefe for his political advocacy. O’Keefe has been a leader in exposing their plot against President Donald Trump, including how the Russia-gate witch hunt was a total farce from the beginning.
O’Keefe caught CNN supervising producer John Bonifield on camera in 2017 admitting that there was no evidence of Trump ever engaging in Russian collusion or doing anything improper with regards to Russia.
“I mean, it’s mostly bullshit right now,” Bonifield said on the hidden camera video. “Like, we don’t have any giant proof.”
“Just to give you some context, President Trump pulled out of the climate accords and for a day and a half we covered the climate accords. And the CEO of CNN (Jeff Zucker) said in our internal meeting, he said good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we’re done with that, let’s get back to Russia,” he continued.
“I haven’t seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime,” Bonifield added. “I just feel like they don’t really have it but they want to keep digging. And so I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me. You have no smoking gun, you have no real proof.”
The case of O’Keefe’s rejection shows why federal gun control must always be opposed. No matter how well-intentioned the measures may be, they will always be used by liberal bureaucrats to deprive their enemies of rights.
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