The WikiLeaks co-founder’s extradition hearing begins on Monday as his health continues to wane. However, amid all this, news has emerged that a former US congressman privately offered to get Assange’s charges dropped in August 2017 in exchange for exposing the source for published Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails. Dana Rohrabacher, a former California Republican congressman who nearly became US President Donald Trump’s first secretary of state, settled swirling claims and rumors on Wednesday with a statement, clarifying that he’d made the offer of his own volition and not at Trump’s request. “At no time did I offer Julian Assange anything from the President because I had not spoken with the President about this issue at all,” Rohrabacher said. “However, when speaking with Julian Assange, I told him that if he could provide me information and evidence about who actually gave him the DNC emails, I would then call on President Trump to pardon him. At no time did I offer a deal made by the President, nor did I say I was representing the President.” “Upon my return, I spoke briefly with [then-White House Chief of Staff] Gen. [John] Kelly. I told him that Julian Assange would provide information… Read full this story
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