Saturday, May 20, 2017


20 May, 2017

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Dear Congressman,

Re: NYT Article

I noted the article in yesterday’s New York Times that featured you—presumably in consequence of the airing of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s comment that you, along with Trump, were in Putin’s pay.

I do take that particular remark with a pinch of salt, but the article reminds us of your enthusiasm for Russia and your vocal opposition to the sanctions imposed following the Ukraine invasion. It also reports on a confidential 2012 meeting in which intelligence officials felt it necessary to warn you of Russian attempts to recruit you as an “agent of influence.” They must have concluded that you were receptive.

The article also quoted you as saying, in response to a NYT question: “I can’t imagine someone in a position of power in the United States government not fully appreciating the fact that whoever he’s dealing with who’s a foreigner that he doesn’t know he’s trying to influence him.” Does this rather convoluted response not overlook the very recent history of your president’s widely publicized meeting with the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador in the Oval Office? A meeting in which he disgraced himself by sharing classified information and boasted of his firing of the FBI Director to relieve himself of the pressure of investigation?

And you continue to support this man? As a resident in your district, I was pleased to read in the same article that you are “already facing what is shaping up to be the most difficult campaign” of your “28-year career in Congress.” It is, reportedly, “a race some of [your] colleagues would rather not see [you] run, given how much money the party may have to spend” on your behalf. Given your continuing unquestioning support not only of Trump but also of a Republican agenda that spells disaster for the American middle- and working classes, I have to say that I will be actively working so support a Democratic contender for your seat in the House of Representatives.


Peter Clothier, Ph.D.

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