F.B.I. Once Warned G.O.P. Congressman That Russian Spies Were Recruiting Him

On VT's radar in Afghanistan for something far worse

Editor’s note: VT has been following Rohrabacher’s activities in Afghanistan for years, his continual visits, his love of Afghanistan and his reputed role, according to multiple informants, in aiding the US in “dealing” with the drug issue there. (wink wink nod nod)

WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. warned a Republican congressman in 2012 that Russian spies were trying to recruit him, officials said, an example of how aggressively Russian agents have tried to influence Washington politics.

The congressman, Dana Rohrabacher of California, has been known for years as one of Moscow’s biggest defenders in Washington and as a vocal opponent of American economic sanctions against Russia. He claims to have lost a drunken arm-wrestling match with the current Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, in the 1990s. He is one of President Trump’s staunchest allies on Capitol Hill.

As a newly appointed special counsel investigates connections between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives, the warning to Mr. Rohrabacher shows that the F.B.I. has for years viewed Russian spies, sometimes posing as diplomats, as having a hand in Washington.

Mr. Rohrabacher was drawn into the maelstrom this week when The Washington Post reported on an audio recording of Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the House majority leader, saying last year, “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.” Mr. McCarthy said on Wednesday that he had made a joke that landed poorly.

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3 Responses to "F.B.I. Once Warned G.O.P. Congressman That Russian Spies Were Recruiting Him"

  1. nawlins  May 19, 2017 at 9:41 am

    I would love to hear VT’s take on “Charlie Wilsons War”.

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  May 19, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Charlie Wilson knew how to get things done in Washington, and he had a very good relationship with CIA.

      Charlie, whom I met & knew briefly, also knew & said privately that AIPAC had undue influence in DC.

      The book & movie were mostly true. Charlie also knew that U.S. had created a monster in Afghanistan — both by failing to rebuild Afghanistan and by whom the U.S. supported (e.g., Osama bin Laden). Near his death, Charlie also suspected that some in U.S. had intentionally created al-Qaeda.

  2. David Odell  May 19, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Well, it’s not like the Russians infiltrated the state of Mississippi and roused the KKK to lead a movement of secession from the union, or payed Canada to let them place missile batteries on the NY border. It used to communism was the rallying cry for Americans against Russia, but now it just looks like competing corporate interests, legal or otherwise. The whole facade is wearing thin.

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