White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is allegedly blocking Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) from communicating a deal to President Donald Trump regarding Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, according to a Tuesday report by the Daily Caller.
Under the terms of the deal, Assange would provide information vindicating Russia of the now-widespread accusation that the country hacked into the Democratic National Committee and subsequently gave the information they acquired to Wikileaks in an effort to assist Donald Trump. In return, Assange would receive a preemptive presidential pardon.
For the last 5 years, Australian citizen Assange has lived on asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, out of fear of extradition to Sweden and/or the United States. The investigation to him in Sweden has since been dropped, but the United States continues to seek his arrest.
Rohrabacher travelled to the embassy in August, meeting with Assange for three hours. Afterwards, he suggested that Assange had a pitched a deal to him, and subsequently Rohrabacher attempted to communicate the terms of it to the President.
However, when Trump was asked about it by reporters earlier this week, he denied knowledge of it, twice stating, “I’ve never heard that mentioned.”
In response to this, Rohrabacher told the Daily Caller that there is a “wall around [President Trump’ that is being created by people who do not want to expose this fraud, that there was collusion between our intelligence community and the leaders of the Democratic Party.”
Kelly has been accused in the past of censoring Trump’s access to news reports by conservative media outlets, with Infowars, Gotnews, Breitbart, and the Daily Caller among the publications targeted. When he learned of the information Rohrabacher had, he deferred it to the intelligence community, considering it outside the President’s purview.
Gotnews editor Chuck Johnson, a close Rohrabacher confidant, confirmed earlier on Friday that Kelly was involved in denying the Congressman’s access to Trump.
If these reports are indeed correct, Trump’s grassroots base should be seriously concerned about the establishment agenda that Kelly is using his position as Chief of Staff to pursue.