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Republican Congressman Rohrabacher Brings Holocaust Denier to Senate Meeting

Thanks to stunts like this, the California Republican dubbed "Putin's Favorite Congressman" now fights an increasingly uphill battle for re-election in 2018.
Charles C. Johnson left, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-R) on the right. Photo courtesy of Yahoo!

Charles C. Johnson left, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-R) on the right. Photo courtesy of Yahoo!

California Representative Dana Rohrabacher, who never took a position the Kremlin didn't like, showed his true colors again when he brought Holocaust denier Charles C. Johnson to a meeting with Senator Rand Paul this week. 

Rohrabacher, who previously called the Charlottesville protests a left-wing conspiracy, met with Paul to deliver information on behalf of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, whom he visited in the Ecuadorian Embassy this past summer, in a meeting brokered by Johnson. Senator Paul has yet to comment on the matter, and it is unclear whether or not he knew of Johnson's background when he agreed to the meeting.

Johnson, a notorious figure on the alt-right, said in a Reddit AMA that he didn't believe 6 million Jews were killed, that the gas chambers weren't real. "Of course," he said, "you can't really discuss any of this stuff without being called a Holocaust denier which I am not" - clearing himself before adding that he supports decriminalizing what he calls "Holocaust inquiry." 

Rohrabacher, who claims to have information from Assange that would reveal the source of the DNC emails leaked during the last election, says he's been blocked from talking to Trump by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. He met with Paul because, according to him, "He [Trump] calls him that [Paul] knew enough about the Assange offer that I found something of value for the President to look at.” 

Since news of the meeting broke, Assange has denied offering to reveal the source of the emails:

Although Congressman Rohrabacher represents the historically Republican Orange County, a Southern California district that also served as the birthplace of the John Birch Society, Hillary Clinton became the first Democrat to win it since Franklin Roosevelt in 1936. The San Francisco Chronicle said last month that its demographics still make it tough for a Democrat to unseat Rohrabacher, who has held the district for nearly 30 years, but the news not just of his associations with Johnson and Assange, but also of those with Russian lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya, who was present at the infamous Donald Trump Jr. meeting in June 2016, have caused The Los Angeles Times to move his upcoming re-election bid from th "lean Republican" to "toss-up," insuring that it will be one of the most-watched in the country next year.

Republicans also know how hard they will have to play defense to keep him in office. Certainly Vice President Pence does. Many know he wasted nearly $250,000 of taxpayer money on his despicable NFL stunt last week, but even less known is that, after leaving Indianapolis, he flew to Newport Beach, CA, to attend a fundraiser for none other than...Dana Rohrabacher.