Rep. Dana Rohrabacher sides with Russia over US intelligence

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher used a congressional hearing to air a debunked conspiracy theory about the 2016 DNC hack, insulting all the work of U.S. intelligence agencies along the way.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) was elected by residents of Orange County, but his loyalties often lie with Russia, half a world away.

At a recent congressional hearing on cybersecurity, Rohrabacher, or “Putin’s favorite congressman,” demonstrated his unflagging commitment to Russia and Trump by pushing a long-debunked conspiracy theory about Russian hacking in the 2016 election — despite unanimity from the U.S. Intelligence community on Russian involvement.

“It was probably done by an insider into the DNC because the thumb drive, where this information was downloaded, was given by someone on the inside, rather than use the internet, which would have taken a lot longer to get that information,” Rohrabacher said. “Have you heard of that?”

When cybersecurity expert Christopher Painter, commissioner of the Global Commission for the Stability of Cyberspace and former coordinator for cyber issues at the State Department, attempted to answer, Rohrabacher cut him off.

Rohrabacher’s show of fealty came that same day a poll was released showing that voters disagree with Rohrabacher several national issues.

Russian interference in the 2016 election is a long-settled issue. In addition to the conclusion of the intelligence community, the Associated Press published an in-depth investigation into how Russians hacked various email accounts associated with the DNC.

Instead of spending taxpayer-funded time airing wild, debunked conspiracy theories to shield his pal Vladimir Putin, Rohrabacher should spend more time listening to the people he was elected to represent.

Unfortunately, Rohrabacher joins Trump in working overtime to undermine American intelligence agencies.

In November 2017, Trump told reporters that he believes Russia’s Vladimir Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies in regards to hacking, saying, “I just asked him [Putin] again. He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election, he did not do what they are saying he did.” And in response to another question, Trump emphasizes that he believes Putin: “Every time he sees me he says I didn’t do that and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it.”

Rather than accept that Russia attempted to interfere with the 2016 election, Trump and Rohrabacher would rather insult and undermine the American intelligence community.

Airing false conspiracies that contradict the work of U.S. intelligence agencies because their conclusion implicates Russia is extremely worrying.

Rohrabacher has a long history of working for Russian interests. His ties are so troubling that his own Republican colleagues curtailed his authority as chairman of a congressional subcommittee with jurisdiction over U.S.-Russia policy. Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating ties between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia, has taken a keen interest in Rohrabacher’s activities.

Republican and fellow California Rep. Kevin McCarthy once said, “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.”

Rohrabacher is having trouble raising campaign cash this cycle, and a majority of voters in Rohrabacher’s district are disinclined to re-elect him.

Maybe Orange County residents are gearing up to kick Rohrabacher off of the American taxpayer’s payroll come November.