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Rohrabacher to Testify About Assange Meeting Before House Select Intelligence
California Republican maintains Russians were not responsible for 2016 DNC email hack

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., arrives for the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on "An Insider’s Look at the North Korean Regime" on Nov. 1. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher will testify before the House Select Intelligence Committee later this month about his August meeting with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in which the two discussed who stole Democratic National Committee emails leading up to the 2016 elections.

The Russian government directed the email heist, U.S. intelligence officials have alleged. Rohrabacher has urged since his meeting with Assange that these allegations are not true. The California Republican has been criticized sharply for his perceived defense of the Russian government, and he sees his impending testimony as a chance to prove his intentions are pure.

Report: Mueller Probing Rohrabacher’s Meeting with Flynn
Rohrabacher received repeated criticism for pro-Russian stances

UNITED STATES — NOVEMBER 1: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., arrives for the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on “An Insider’s Look at the North Korean Regime” on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III is reportedly probing into a meeting California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher had with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to NBC.

Rohrabacher, a Republican, is frequently referred to as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favorite congressman because of his support for a stronger partnership between Russia and the United States.

Democratic Challenger Wants Rohrabacher to Return Manafort Contribution
Hans Keirstead said 2013 donation is ‘tainted’

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., stands outside of the Senate Republicans' policy lunch waiting for President Donald Trump to arrive in the Capitol last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

One of California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s Democratic challengers is calling on him to return money from former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was indicted on charges related to the Russia investigation on Monday.

Hans Keirstead, a stem cell researcher who is one of several candidates challenging the Republican incumbent, said Manafort’s contribution to Rohrabacher’s campaign is “tainted.”

Rohrabacher Challenger Keirstead Outraises Rouda in Third Quarter
Stem cell researcher’s haul is slightly less than incumbent’s

Dr. Hans Keirstead is an expert in stem cell research and CEO of the biomedical company of AIVITA. (UC-Irvine News via Youtube)

Democratic House candidate Hans Keirstead outraised his Democratic opponents and slightly trailed Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who he is hoping to unseat.

Keirstead, a stem-cell scientist, raised $330,937.24 in total receipts, according to his October quarterly filing with the Federal Election Commission.

Rohrabacher Says White House Aides Blocking Assange Deal
GOP congressman alleges collusion between intelligence community and Democratic Party leaders

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, said White House aides are blocking President Donald Trump from knowing he can pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says White House aides are preventing President Donald Trump from pardoning WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Rohrabacher made the accusations to The Daily Caller after Trump said he hadn’t heard of any potential deal with Assange. Asked about a possible pardon for Assange on Sunday, Trump replied, “I’ve never heard that mentioned, really, I’ve never heard that mentioned.” 

New Democrats’ PAC Adds 12 Challengers to Candidate Watch List
Moderate Democratic group is stepping into races earlier this cycle

Harley Rouda is one of two Democratic challengers to GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher that the NewDemPAC is adding to its candidate watch list. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

The political arm of the moderate New Democrat Coalition is adding 12 House challengers to its list of candidates to watch in 2018. 

NewDemPAC’s recognition comes with a $1,000 contribution this quarter and guidance about messaging and strategy. The watch list is a way for the group to get involved in races earlier than it previously has. Last cycle, the PAC contributed about $1 million to federal candidates and it expects to give out at least that much this cycle. 

Rohrabacher’s Democratic Opponents Slam Comments About Charlottesville
Rohrabacher called violence during white supremacist rally a ‘total hoax’

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., is under fire for calling racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., “a total hoax.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Two of California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's Democratic opponents lambasted him for calling racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month a “total hoax.”

In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Rohrabacher said it was possible that a “former Hillary (Clinton) or Bernie (Sanders) supporter” organized “Civil War re-enactors” to rally around a statue of Robert E. Lee.

Intel Committee Might Want to Hear From Rohrabacher on Russia
Democrats say he should be stripped of chairmanship of subcommittee on Russia

An aide to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, D-Calif., said he would be happy to talk to the Senate Intelligence Committee about information he said he got from Wikileaks on last year’s DNC hack — after he shares it with President Donald Trump. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate Intelligence Committee might want California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher to testify about his meeting with WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange.

“He hasn’t been contacted by the committee, but is happy to talk with them after he talks with President Trump,” Ken Grubbs, an aide to the Republican, said to CNN in its report.

Rohrabacher Says White House Setting Up Meeting on Assange Info
Hints that hacking of DNC emails last year was an ‘inside job’ that didn’t involve Russia

Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., said the narrative that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee is an attempt “to negate their vote in the ballot booth.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said he and President Donald Trump are arranging a meeting to share information he received from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

“It is my understanding from other parties who are trying to arrange a rendezvous with myself and the president, it is being arranged for me to give him the firsthand information from [Assange],” Rohrabacher told Sean Hannity on his radio program, CNN reported.

Democrats Launch ‘Rohrabacher Conspiracy’ Site
Hopes to connect the dots between ‘Putin’s congressman’ and several figures in Russia investigation

“The Rohrabacher Conspiracy” ties California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher to various figures in the Russia investigation. (therohrabacherconspiracy.com)

Democrats are targeting Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher with a new website intended to point out connections between the California congressman and figures in the investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched its “The Rohrabacher Conspiracy” on Wednesday. It shows a bulletin board that links Rohrabacher to various individuals, including Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., and Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman who is under investigation for his ties to Russia.