Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, best known for being such a blatant puppet of the Kremlin that a House GOP leader once famously accused him of being on Vladimir Putin’s payroll, has been bounced from Congress. It took several days, but Democratic challenger Harley Rouda has pulled far enough ahead in the tight race that major news outlets are finally calling it for him. But this is just the beginning of Rohrabacher’s troubles.
Back when the indictment of alleged Russian spy Maria Butina was released, it quickly became clear that Dana Rohrabacher was the Congressman who allegedly met with her during the 2016 election cycle. This led Rohrabacher to go ahead and admit that he did indeed have dinner with her, while saying that he’s not sure if he’s the Congressman referenced in the Butina indictment. That means it’s him, or he’d have denied it.
So this confirms that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, or at least his prosecutorial partners, have indeed been investigating the real reason for Rohrabacher’s open allegiance to the Kremlin all these years in general, and his role in the Trump-Russia election scandal in particular. Is it possible that Rohrabacher is simply a Kremlin puppet because he happens be in love with Russia for innocent if insane reasons? Maybe.
But if it turns out there’s a more substantive reason Dana Rohrabacher has been this far up Vladimir Putin’s butt all this time, prosecutors are going to find it – and let’s just say that if they end up indicting and prosecuting him, it’ll be made easier by the fact that he’s no longer going to be a sitting Congressman. After all, he can’t hide behind the office. For that matter, the Republican leadership will have no strategic reason to try to protect him.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report