Trump offered WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange a pardon if he covered up Russian hacking of Democrats, lawyer tells court
- President Donald Trump offered a pardon to Julian Assange if the WikiLeaks chief agreed to say that Russia had nothing to do with hacking emails from Democrats during the 2016 presidential election, Assange’s lawyer said.
- The claim was made at a court hearing in London, where U.S. officials have asked for Assange to be extradited to the U.S. to face multiple criminal charges.
- Russian agents hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and the campaign chairman for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Those emails later were made public by WikiLeaks.
- White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham called the claim by Assange’s lawyer “a complete fabrication and a total lie.” She also said Trump “barely knows Dana Rohrabacher,” who reportedly was the intermediary.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at court in London on May 1, 2019 to be sentenced for bail violation.Daniel Leal-Olivas | AFP | Getty Images
President Donald Trump offered a pardon through an intermediary to Julian Assange if the WikiLeaks chief agreed to say that Russia was not involved in hacking emails from Democrats during the 2016 presidential election, a lawyer for Assange reportedly told a court in London on Wednesday.
Assange’s lawyer Edward Fitzgerald made that claim during a hearing related to the U.S. request to extradite Assange from the United Kingdom to face more than a dozen criminal charges in the United States, according to The Daily Beast news site.