White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham claimed on Wednesday that President Donald Trump "barely knows" former Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), who has been linked to a possible pardon for Julian Assange.
At a pre-trial hearing earlier on Wednesday, Assange asserted that he had been offered a pardon in exchange for publicly denying that Russia hacked Democratic National Committee servers during the 2016 election campaign.
Rohrabacher admitted in 2017 that he had tried to broker a deal between Assange and the White House.
But Grisham insisted to CNN's Jim Acosta that Trump knew nothing of the deal.
Grisham on Assange: “The President barely knows Dana Rohrabacher other than he’s an ex-congressman. He’s never spok… https://t.co/odz1fgg3fr— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta)1582138128.0
Intrepid Twitter users quickly pointed out that Trump has repeatedly mentioned Rohrabacher at White House ceremonies.
April 4, 2017: "Later this afternoon, the President will have several meetings, including... Congressman Dana Rohra… https://t.co/1lUKlAsDcS— Jeryl Bier (@Jeryl Bier)1582142259.0
Sept. 24, 2017: "Q President Trump, will you meet with Congressman Rohrabacher to discuss a possible pardon for Ju… https://t.co/rn6AXaslX6— Jeryl Bier (@Jeryl Bier)1582142337.0
June 18, 2018: "THE PRESIDENT:... We’re honored to be joined by Congressmen Robert Aderholt, Brian Babin, and Dana… https://t.co/XeRe3rm5eG— Jeryl Bier (@Jeryl Bier)1582142447.0
Feb. 24, 2017: @WhiteHouse calendar of @MickMulvaneyOMB: "Phone Call w/ Rep. Rohrabacher; (He will call you)"… https://t.co/9QcpDuXyKI— Jeryl Bier (@Jeryl Bier)1582142610.0