GOP Lawmaker Slapped With ‘Travel Restriction’ Over Fears He’s In Bed With Russia
Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher has been put on “travel restriction” by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs over fears that he has been compromised by Russian intelligence agencies.
Rohrabacher, who has been regularly called “Putin’s favorite congressman,” saw his travel and hearing requests get drastically curtailed In the wake of his willingness to push pro-Kremlin propaganda at official congressional hearings, as well as his public embrace of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, The Daily Beast reports.
The California lawmaker had to pay for his own recent trip to London to meet with Assange after his request to have taxpayers foot the bill was denied by the Committee, the congressman’s spokesperson explained to the Daily Beast.
“His committee travel and hearing requests were curtailed following news accounts of his outside-the-box interest in Russia,” he said.
Earlier this year, the Daily Beast reported that Rohrabacher was given instructions by Russian intelligence officials on how to alter sanctions legislation and to set up “a virtual show trial on Capitol Hill” last June, right at around the time that Donald Trump Jr. and key members of the Trump campaign met with Russian nationals who claimed to be representatives of the Russian government’s efforts to undermine the candidacy of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
According to the report, Rohrabacher’s original plan was to have a show trial in Congress of anti-Putin campaigner Bill Browder in which he would “confront Browder with a feature-length pro-Kremlin propaganda movie that viciously attacks him—as well as at least two witnesses linked to the Russian authorities, including lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.”