Former Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, one of President Trump’s staunchest defenders in the Russia investigation, confims that he spoke to Julian Assange about a possible presidential pardon.
In a London court Wednesday, Assange’s lawyers asserted that Rohrabacher had offered Assange a pardon by Trump in exchange for saying that Russia was not involved in hacking and releasing DNC emails in 2016.
Rohrabacher and Assange met in London in 2017. Rohrabacher sought evidence for a debunked conspiracy theory that the death of a former DNC staffer, who was killed in July 2016 in what police say was a botched robbery, was actually linked to Hillary Clinton.
Rohrabacher said on Wednesday that he had discussed a pardon with Assange. But he said he had not acted as an emissary for Trump or his associates, and only “briefly” discussed the matter with former chief of staff John Kelly. He says the pardon conversation went nowhere, and he…

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