27 June, 2017
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Hmmm… I see you were mentioned in yesterday’s New York Times article about Paul Manafort, where you were identified as “Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Republican of California, who is known for his pro-Russian views.”
I wonder if you happened to see the recent episode of NBC’s “Dateline,” hosted by Richard Engel, a journalist I respect immensely for his courage and honesty in reporting? The special installment traced in a wealth of detail the spate of recent unfortunate and untimely deaths directly connected to Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin. I don’t know about you—who are “known” for your “pro-Russian views”—but I have no doubt at all but that this man is a brute, a devious conniver who has never departed from his KGB roots. That he is capable of ordering murder is, in my view, beyond question.
In which context, I write to ask where you stand on the current investigations into Russia’s interference in our recent presidential election? Is it possible that, as the good patriot you often claim to be, you are fully in support of every effort to expose the truth that lurks behind the election of Donald Trump? Or are you, as are many of your colleagues, it would seem, opposed? And even inclined to obstruct the work of on-going congressional committees and the special counsel, as the words and actions of Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, would suggest?
Also… have your views on Russia changed in light of its recent attack on the integrity of our democracy? If not, there is reason to view your public protestations of patriotism with a skeptical eye.
Peter Clothier, Ph.D.