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CA Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Dines With Alleged Russian Spy In DC

I am not a fan of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA). He is far too cozy with the Russians and Vladimir Putin and I certainly don’t trust him. Not only did he have dealings with the last set of Russian spies kicked out of the United States, he seems to have been chummy with Maria Butina, the Russian woman who is now being indicted on charges of acting as an unregistered foreign agent of Moscow, according to ABC News. Butina actually bragged to classmates that she had worked for the Russian government. Just because Rohrabacher’s a Republican does not make him a good guy in my book. It’s his actions that decide that with me.

Rohrabacher’s office has confirmed he met and dined with the then 28 year-old Russian at French eatery Bistro Bis in Washington, D.C., in February of 2017. I find it curious that a high profile politico would find it so inconsequential to dine with a Russian woman that he claims he does not know well. Not to mention why he met with her in the first place. Two years earlier, Butina had helped arrange a meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia that included Rohrabacher and her mentor, Kremlin-connected banker Alexander Torshin, federal officials have confirmed. I’m sure this guy is a hot topic with our alphabet agencies… at least he should be.

Word of this meeting comes about a week after Rohrabacher first admitted he met with Butina while visiting Russia with a congressional delegation in August of 2015. Rohrabacher pushed back against its potential significance, saying he was joined by another U.S. lawmaker, along with other Americans. Newsflash… that doesn’t make it okay. It just means others were involved. Rohrabacher is quick to defend Butina calling her arrest ‘stupid’. You know what is stupid? Letting your guard down and letting your organizations be infiltrated by spies. Now, that’s stupid, whether they are Russian, Chinese, Iranian or North Korean. He says the charges against Butina are “bogus.” Right. In my world, if it walks like a spy, it’s a spy. I guess we’ll see.

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. She had a Russian billionaire oligarch as her handler and she has FSB contacts. Do the math. Either Rohrabacher is a moron and one of the most gullible politicos out there, or he’s complicit. I’m betting on the latter. Rohrabacher’s office confirmed to ABC that he is the unnamed congressman who met with her in the DOJ’s indictment. This meeting with Butina is just one more incidence in a growing list of interactions between Rohrabacher and the Russians.

This guy was warned by the FBI in 2012 that Russian spies were trying to recruit him as an “agent of influence.” In fact, the Russians even gave him a code name. Rohrabacher’s office is claiming that, as the chairman of the committee overseeing U.S. relations in Eastern Europe, it was necessary for him to meet with contacts from Russia. Possibly, but it also serves as a great cover for espionage if you ask me.

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