Assange lawyer says Trump offered pardon in exchange for covering up Russian involvement in hacks

Well, this is really something if it proves to be true. (Then again, no amount of Trump corruption would surprise me at this point.)

The Daily Beast:

President Trump offered to pardon Julian Assange if he agreed to cover up the involvement of Russia in hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee, which were later published by WikiLeaks, a London court was told on Wednesday.

Edward Fitzgerald, Assange’s lawyer, said on Wednesday that a message had been passed on to Assange by former Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.

Fitzgerald said a statement produced by Assange’s lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, showed “Mr Rohrabacher going to see Mr Assange and saying, on instructions from the president, he was offering a pardon or some other way out, if Mr Assange… said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC leaks.”

Assange would face 18 charges in the U.S. if he were to be extradited.

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