'Putin's favorite congressman' says he's being blocked from giving Trump 'proof' that would vindicate Russia
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher speaking at the 2013 California Young Americans for Liberty State Convention in Fullerton, California. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) is still insisting that Russia had nothing to do with the hacking of the Hillary Clinton campaign's emails -- and he says that he's been trying to score a meeting with President Donald Trump to make his case for the Kremlin's innocence.


In an interview with CNN, Rohrabacher says that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has repeatedly assured him that his organization did not receive hacked Clinton or Democratic National Committee emails from Russia, while also claiming to have evidence that will back up his case.

"He said, 'I have physical proof that the Russians did not give me this,'" Rohrabacher said of Assange. "And he said that 'I have physical proof that I would be very happy to provide once I can leave the Ecuadorian embassy without being arrested.'"

However, Rohrabacher said that White House chief of staff John Kelly has been blocking his attempts to meet with Trump and deliver Assange's "message" to him.

"Now I've been cut off from that because of the fear that the special counsel here will use that as an excuse to expand this nonsensical witch hunt," Rohrabacher complained to CNN.

Rohrabacher, who has been regularly lampooned as “Putin’s favorite congressman,” last year saw his travel and hearing requests get drastically curtailed over fears that he has been compromised by Russian intelligence agencies.