GOP lawmaker dined with alleged Russian agent in DC: report

Sep 2012
Another GOPer ass clown who should be removed yesterday from any position in US Gov.

GOP lawmaker dined with alleged Russian agent in DC: report
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) once dined with the Russian woman who was indicted earlier this month on charges of acting as an unregistered foreign agent of Moscow, according to ABC News.

The network reported on Thursday that Rohrabacher's office confirmed he met with the then-28-year-old Russian at French eatery Bistro Bis in Washington, D.C., in February 2017.

In addition, federal officials told ABC that Butina had arranged a meeting two years earlier in St. Petersburg that Rohrabacher attended.

The report comes about a week after Rohrabacher first admitted he met with Butina while visiting Russia with a congressional delegation in August 2015. Rohrabacher pushed back against its potential significance, though, saying he was joined by another U.S. lawmaker, along with other Americans.

Rohrabacher has also defended Butina, telling Politico that the charges against her are "bogus."

The Department of Justice (DOJ) alleges that Butina was being directed by a "high-level" Russian official as she forged relationships with the NRA and conservative politicians from 2015 to 2017.

Rohrabacher's office confirmed to ABC that the lawmaker is is the unnamed congressman who met with her in the DOJ's indictment.

ABC also notes that the meeting with Butina - as well as the references to Rohrabacher in an FBI affidavit - add to a growing list of his interactions with figures involved in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

The New York Times reported in May that the FBI warned Rohrabacher in 2012 that Russian spies were trying to recruit him as an "agent of influence."

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