The Trump Administration does not dispute that Dana Rohrabacher and Charles Johnson offered Assange a pardon from Trump if he would say Russia had nothing to do with the DNC Wikileaks.
Assange was offered presidential pardon to help 'resolve' Russia's role in the DNC hack and cover up links to Russia's involvement, court told.
A lawyer for Julian Assange says representatives for Donald Trump offered the Wikileaks founder a pardon if he disclosed the source of a hack of Democratic email servers during the 2016 election.
That is what Assange lawyer Jennifer Robinson told a London court on Friday, saying she witnessed a meeting in which former Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Charles Johnson, then Trump campaign associate, suggested the two sides trade the name of the hacking source for a possible pardon.
“The proposal put forward by Congressman Rohrabacher was that Mr. Assange identify the source for the 2016 election publications in return for some form of pardon,” Robinson told the UK court in a witness statement.
The claim itself is not new—Assange’s lawyers previewed the allegation in a pre-trial hearing in February—but this is the first time Robinson’s testimony has been heard in full. The WikiLeaks lawyer said Rohrabacher offered Assange the deal a year after emails that damaged Hillary Clinton in the presidential race had been published, when the Russia investigation was gathering pace. The stolen DNC emails posted by WikiLeaks were hacked by Russian operatives.
After Robinson read her testimony in a London courtroom on Friday, lawyers representing the U.S. accepted the witness statement as accurate and confirmed they had no intention of cross-examining the claim. They did dispute, however, that President Donald Trump gave his blessing for the pardon offer.
Rohrabacher said he followed up the meeting by calling then White House chief of staff John Kelly to discuss the pardon. However, the ex-congressman said he never spoke to Trump about it.
Regardless, Assange turned the offer down, his lawyers said.
Assange has argued that he should not be extradited to the U.S. because the American case against him is politically motivated. He spent almost seven years hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in Central London, claiming that he would be jailed in the U.S. if he wasn’t granted asylum. He was kicked out of the embassy last year.
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More nonsense yesterday as Trump proposed some national commission for patriotic education and said something, something that Stephen Miller wrote for him to appeal to the RWNJs.