Rep. Dana Rohrabacher claims charges against Russian agent “bogus.”

By |2018-07-19T04:40:48+00:00July 18th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |13 Comments

Spoiler alert: He just may be the Congressman referred to in the indictment.

Courtesy of Politico:

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) says he’s not sure whether he’s the congressman mentioned in Monday’s indictment of a Russian gun-rights activist for acting as an unregistered agent of the Kremlin — but he is sure that the charge against the woman is “bogus.”

The indictment of 29-year-old Mariia Butina notes that she had discussions with a prominent Russian official — believed to be Alexander Torshin — about his plans to “meet with a U.S. Congressman during a Congressional Delegation trip to Moscow in August 2015.”

Rohrabacher said on Tuesday that he was part of that delegation, but he said he was there with at least one other lawmaker and a larger group of Americans.

“I know I had dinner with [Butina] along with another member, along with a visiting delegation to Russia,” he said. “Is that something we should be worried about?”

Rohrabacher unloaded on the indictment, which alleged clandestine efforts by Butina to set up a back channel between Russian and American political leaders, using the National Rifle Association as a conduit.

“It’s ridiculous. It’s stupid,” Rohrabacher said. “She’s the assistant of some guy who is the head of the bank and is a member of their Parliament. That’s what we call a spy? That shows you how bogus this whole thing is.”

“This is an attempt to undermine the president’s ability to have better relationships with Russia,” he added.

Wow! Nothing says I did nothing wrong like challenging the validity of an indictment against a Russian national which could also suggest that you might have been facilitating her access to members of your party and others in positions of power. 

Oh by the way, according to the Washington Post she was also in constant contact with her handlers:

The Russian woman arrested on charges of being a foreign agent had ties to Russian intelligence operatives and was in contact with them while in the United States, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Maria Butina also had ties to wealthy businessmen linked to the Putin administration and appeared to have plans to flee the U.S., prosecutors said in a new court filing.

There is also this interesting bit of info courtesy of Raw Story:

In a new court filing, the FBI alleges that Butina during her time in the United States cohabitated with an unidentified 56-year-old man as part of her cover while conducting her work in the United States.

“Butina, age 29, and U.S. Person 1, age 56, are believed to have cohabitated and been involved in a personal relationship during the course of Butina’s activities in the United States,” the filing states. “But this relationship does not represent a strong tie to the United States because Butina appears to treat it as simply a necessary aspect of her activities.”

To back up this assertion, the FBI goes on to claim that “on at least one occasion, Butina offered an individual other than U.S. Person 1 sex in exchange for a position within a special interest organization.”

It is not known from the filing what job Butina was seeking or whether her offer of sex in exchange for the job was accepted, however.

Things that make you bo “Hmm.”

Methinks that it is entirely possible that Rep. Rohrabacher is feeling a certain level of panic right about now. 

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  1. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Is Hope Hicks back yet to attend to dotard’s “needs?”

  2. Beaglemom July 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Looks like Rohrabacher is practicing Don the Con’s little pursed lips look. I agree that the GOP Congress critter seems to be one who “doth protest too much.” He should worry. May he be included in the next list of indictments.

  3. Anon July 18, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Look at photo There are red short and curlies stuck on his face.

  4. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    LISTEN: Republican Congressman longs for days he can openly call women ‘sluts’ and they’re forced to ‘behave’

    …“Well, the thing is, can we call anybody a slut? This is what begs the question. Take this woman out of it, take Rush out of it for a moment,” Lewis said in the recording from March 2012. “Does a woman now have the right to behave — and I know there’s a double standard between the way men chase women and running and running around — you know, I’m not going to get there, but you know what I’m talking about. But it used to be that women were held to a little bit of a higher standard. We required modesty from women. Now, are we beyond those days where a woman can behave as a slut, but you can’t call her a slut?”

    • Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Aaahhh, yes! Jason Lewis, the Rush Limbaugh wannabe, bloviating on Minneapolis channels for years in his show, Garage Logic. I despised the man. Let’s hooe this brings the asshole down!

  5. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Nothing says MAGA better than an amber haired woman sporting a gun and cowboy hat speaking with a Russian accent.

    • Beaglemom July 18, 2018 at 3:51 pm

      It’s interesting that, apparently, Bolton and Bannon and Priebus were all dancing all around her! Putin’s version of the KGB must have been having a grand time pulling the strings on all those GOP conservative puppets.

    • Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      How I feel when third wife makes an appearance.

  6. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    NRA’s Wayne LaPierre ‘shaking in his boots waiting for Mueller to come knocking’: Ex-DOJ official

    Two former top Department of Justice officials predicted that Maria Butina was not the only Russian operative to penetrate conservative political organizations with close ties to the Republican Party during a Wednesday panel with MSNBC anchor Katy Tur.

    Butina was indicted on Sunday for being an unregistered foreign agent. A crack shot, Butina had a very close relationship with the National Rifle Association.

    “Katy, this is a wild, wild story with the potential to send shockwaves not just into Trump campaign officials, but throughout the Republican Party,” explained former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman.

    The indictment could quickly spill over into special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations of Donald Trump.

    “And anyone who was in Paul Erickson’s rolodex, including Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Wayne LaPierre and Scott Walker (R-WI) is right now shaking in his boots waiting for Mueller to come knocking,” Litman explained.

    Matt Miller, the former spokesperson for the Department of Justice, explained why the federal indictment against Butina was not filed by the special counsel.

    “If you look at the indictment … if you look at what the activities it lays out, they are accusing her not of trying to influence the election, but of trying to cultivate influence in the United States, of trying to infiltrate the NRA, trying to infiltrate the Republican Party on behalf of the Russian intelligence services,” Miller explained.

    “If you read the pleading the government made public today, they talk about her trying to trade sex in return for a position inside a special interest group,” he noted. “You have to believe it’s a conservative organization, maybe the NRA, maybe somewhere else — another document talked about her trying to get close to CPAC.”

    “So I think the question for all of these groups, is, ‘how were they so vulnerable to penetration by a Russian intelligence service, by Russian intelligence agents, and is in the only one?’” Miller wondered.

    “We keep seeing, both in the Mueller investigation and now in this case, a broad Russian conspiracy to influence and infiltrate American policy making through Republican and conservative organizations, he continued.

    “You can’t not believe she is the only agent,” he concluded.

  7. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    GOP congressman in even deeper trouble now for ignoring sexual abuse

    Jim Jordan was just named in a class action lawsuit for allegedly standing by and doing nothing while students were abused on his wrestling team at Ohio State University.

    Filed in the U.S. District Court in Ohio Tuesday on behalf of an as-yet-unnamed former OSU wrestler, the lawsuit seeks to represent hundreds of OSU student athletes who suffered abuse over the two decades that Dr. Richard Strauss worked at the university.

    As Rolling Stone reports, the anonymous lead plaintiff “says he was groped, assaulted and molested at least 20 times.”

    Jordan is mentioned several times in the lawsuit as an example of an OSU official who turned a blind eye to the abuse.

  8. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    By now we all know the widely reported story about Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy joking about Donald Trump and Dana Rohrabacher being on Vladimir Putin’s payroll, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan shushing McCarthy and then swearing the entire room of GOP Congressmen to secrecy. Was Ryan just being paranoid, or did he know something? We’ve been waiting a long time for that answer. Now Ryan suddenly has a problem.

    …So yeah, Rohrabacher is toast – and we all saw that one coming a mile down the road. But now that a federal indictment basically accuses Rohrabacher of having knowingly been on Putin’s payroll via the NRA, it puts Paul Ryan’s actions in a whole new light. Kevin McCarthy is a doofus best known for trying to gain favor with Donald Trump by giving him Skittles. If he made a joke about Rohrabacher being on Putin’s payroll, it’s probably because he didn’t know Rohrabacher really was. On the other hand, Ryan’s strange response – now placed within the context of Rohrabacher actually being on Putin’s payroll – makes Ryan look like he really did know something.

    Paul Ryan is not going to be indicted because he shushed a joke. But now it sure looks like Ryan knew about Dana Rohrabacher, the NRA and the Kremlin. If Ryan did know, Robert Mueller is going to find the evidence trail to prove it. That would make Ryan guilty of failure to report a felony, which is itself a felony, and possibly worse. This may also provide new context with regard to Paul Ryan’s decision not to seek reelection in November.

  9. anonymous July 19, 2018 at 8:16 am

    “Putin’s favorite congressman,”
    “Rohrabacher infamously praised the Taliban as “devout traditionalists” years before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and said the militant extremists’ takeover of Afghanistan would be a positive development.”

    “The assassin did not recognize Rohrabacher as a congressman — or even a man, at first — because he went undercover as a woman named “Diana.”

    “Sirhan didn’t know it was the congressman because his visitor was presented as a woman,”
    “Rohrabacher said the purpose of his 2007 visit was to expose what he believes was a Palestinian conspiracy to kill a U.S. senator for helping Israel buy American weaponry, and Reese said the lawmaker aggressively questioned her client.”

  10. anon July 19, 2018 at 8:20 am

    ““There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy infamously remarked on an open mic in 2016, according to the Washington Post.”

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