A congressman who met with Julian Assange this week says he will brief President Trump on information from the WikiLeaks publisher about last year's publication of Democratic Party emails.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican, told the Washington Examiner he left the three-hour meeting in London retaining his belief that the emails were not hacked by Russia's government.
"I will have discussions with President Trump before going public, and that should happen hopefully within two weeks of now, by the end of the month," he said. "In the end, the American people are going to know more than what they know now, and it will be with more certainty."
Rohrabacher declined to say if he was given a physical set of files by Assange to support a counter-narrative on how WikiLeaks acquired emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's candidacy. U.S. spy agencies say Russia hacked those emails and gave them to WikiLeaks.
"I told you, I'm not going to go into details on that," said the Orange County conservative about whether he was given physical files. At one point, however, Rohrabacher implied he had not been given documents.
"We did not go into detail [about how WikiLeaks acquired Democratic emails], but that will obviously be something that will be provided in greater detail shortly," he said.
"This is not a one step process, it's a two-step or three step-process. There are some things we just have to go to the president with and see what he says, and then see how we can actually work its way so the American people know the truth," he said.
Rohrabacher said he will be traveling to France to celebrate his 20th wedding anniversary before returning to the U.S.
The idea of Rohrabacher privately briefing Trump is likely to alarm critics who point to the president's sometimes evidence-free assertions.
Rohrabacher said he believes the release of emails was an "inside job," pointing to a recent report by a group of dissident former U.S. intelligence agency workers that suggested Democratic National Committee emails were downloaded too quickly to have been done remotely.
A popular conspiracy theory holds that the unsolved murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich last year was connected to the disclosure.
"I've said this in the past, I certainly don't believe the Russians did this and I believe someone else did," Rohrabacher said.
Both Assange and Rohrabacher have been accused of having a blind spot for Russia — with Rohrabacher a lonely defender of the annexation of Crimea who was reportedly seen as a potential spy recruit. Assange, meanwhile, was accused Thursday of declining to publish documents concerning Russia.
The meeting between the maverick politician and the Australian-born secret-spiller on Tuesday was "a very wide-ranging discussion," Rohrabacher said, including an "in-depth philosophical discussion about the nature of government" and discussion of WikiLeaks gaining a seat at White House press briefings.