Julian Assange Says Trump Promised Him A Pardon If He Lied About Russia

Yesterday, Julian Assange appeared in a British
court via teleconference, about his pending extradition case. And one thing that Assange and his lawyers
told that British court was that Donald Trump dangled a pardon in front of Julian Assange
if and only if Julian was willing to come out publicly and say that Russia had nothing
to do, was not involved in any way, with the hacking of the DNC. Obviously Julian Assange did not do this. And they’re not saying that Trump directly
talked to Julian Assange. No, what happened according to reports, is
that in 2017, GOP lawmaker Dana Rohrabacher, reached out to Julian Assange said that he
was, you know, working on behalf of Donald Trump. We might be willing to do this pardon if,
you know, kind of the whole quid pro quo thing, if you’re willing to come out there and say
that Russia didn’t do this. And of course this was at the time when everybody
thought Donald Trump was acting as an agent of Russia. And so the DNC hack being tied to hackers
in Russia, which is a thing that happened, folks. This isn’t Russiagate conspiracy talking or
a new Red Scare. That is true. Okay. That was proven. The hackers were in Russia. That doesn’t mean they were working for the
Russian government or that they did it because they were Russian. That’s just where it was. But Rohrabacher allegedly asked Assange, could
you just say that it wasn’t? If so, we could probably work out a deal here. You know, I’m good friends with Trump. I talk to him all the time and he wants me
to tell you this. That is what was presented to the British
court yesterday. Now again, I am not the kind of guy who sees
Russia every time something goes wrong in the United States. We see those people. There are hardcore Russiagaters who every
time something goes wrong, Russia, Russia, Russia, they are like that. But I’m also one of those people who looks
at the facts and says, wow, Russia did in fact interfere in 2016. That’s bad, and we need to make sure it doesn’t
happen again. See, you can believe both things. You cannot think that Russia is the biggest
boogeyman on the planet that’s behind every horrible thing in your life, but you can also
understand that, yeah, they interfered in 2016. That doesn’t make me a crazy conspiracy theorist. It just means I see the evidence of it that
has been presented to the United States. So that’s where we are kind of here in the
middle where it’s like, yeah, they did it, but that doesn’t mean they’re doing everything
else on the planet. Can we stop acting like they’re out there
to get us every time we run a stop sign. Anyway, don’t run stop signs. What Julian Assange has alleged here is huge
and it again yesterday resulted in people online and, you know, newspaper headlines,
impeach him again. Let’s get Donald Trump for this. Now, I disagree with that. I think this would be a very flimsy case for
impeachment, but I also want to take the time to say that, yeah, this shows how far Donald
Trump was willing to go to downplay the Russia ties that his campaign may or may not have
had and that makes him look bad. As for Julian Assange himself, I do not think
this man should go to jail for these things. I do not think he should go to jail for anything
that WikiLeaks has done. Yes, they may have broken some laws hacking
into machines, you know, across, across the world really. But at the same time they have released vital
information. It doesn’t matter your opinion of WikiLeaks. It doesn’t matter their political leaning
or the political leanings or your personal feelings about Assange. He is out there releasing information that
the public does in fact need to know. It’s not always pleasant. It may not always fit into our political beliefs,
but he is providing a necessary service. Prosecuting him, prosecuting WikiLeaks, is
going to lead to the prosecution of more journalists, more whistleblowers and more people who are
just out there trying to tell us what’s really happening. I do not support the prosecution of Julian
Assange at all. But I also do not support the president dangling
a pardon in front of people to try to get his way. That is something that does in fact need to
be investigated. But unfortunately, given the timing and the
failure of the last impeachment taking it as far as launching another impeachment inquiry,
that might be a little much. Congress needs to look into this and we need
to find out the truth and hopefully at the end of all this, we’ll find out not only what
happened, but that may be prosecuting Julian Assange isn’t the best path forward.

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