GOP lawmaker Dana Rohrabacher says Russia investigation is boosting his reelection campaign

Rep. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherDemocrat Harley Rouda advances in California House primary Lawyers to seek asylum for Assange in France: report Rohrabacher tells Yahoo he discussed pardon with Assange for proof Russia didn't hack DNC email MORE (R-Calif.) said during an interview that aired on Monday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling is helping his reelection campaign.

Rohrabacher, who has been long known for his pro-Russia stance, said the investigation might have played a bigger role a year ago, but argues that Americans are now “sick and tired” of hearing about the investigation, which has been going on for over a year.

“There’s been nothing that the special counsel has come up with in terms of the real collusion between Trump and the Russians — them using the issue on me is actually helping my campaign because people know it’s a bogus charge,” Rohrabacher told Hill.TV co-hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on “Rising.”

Over three dozen people have been charged in connection with the probe, eight have pleaded guilty, and six, including four associates of President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE, have agreed to cooperate with Mueller's team.

Mueller is expected to release his key findings as early as following November's midterm elections.

The Republican congressman also rejected being labeled as “pro-Russia” and “pro-Putin,” calling the notions a “bogus charge.” First elected into Congress in 1988, Rohrabacher is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee and oversees U.S. relations in Eastern Europe, where he has regularly advocated for closer relations with Russia.

“Where it is mutually beneficial for us to work with Russia, we should be working with Russia in those cases and that’s been translated to all these people as if I’m pro-Putin and pro-Russia ... which is baloney,” he said.

Rohrabacher has served in the House for nearly 30 years, but has found himself in a close race with Democratic challenger Harley Roud in California's 48th Congressional District.

Like President Trump, Rohrabacher has repeatedly attacked the special counsel investigation. In his interview “Rising,” the congressman called it a “fraud” and nothing but a “power grab” by Democrats who are just trying to discredit the president.

The congressman once dined with Russian Maria Butina, who was indicted in July for acting as an unregistered foreign agent of Moscow, according to a report by ABC News. But Rohrabacher downplayed the significance of the meeting, saying he was joined by another U.S. lawmaker. He has called the charges against Butina “bogus.”

Polling shows that his alleged coziness with Russia might be a nonissue for voters in his district.

A Monmouth University poll found that 56 percent of voters said they are not concerned that Rohrabacher may be too friendly toward Russia, compared to 37 percent who said they were a little concerned about his approach towards Russia.

The same poll also found that Rohrabacher slightly leads Harley Rouda, 50 percent to 48 percent in its likely voter model.

He is viewed as one of the more vulnerable Republicans seats ahead of Tuesday's midterms. His district narrowly swung towards Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Facebook civil rights audit finds 'serious setbacks' | Facebook takes down Roger Stone-affiliated accounts, pages | State and local officials beg Congress for more elections funds OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Sanders-Biden climate task force calls for carbon-free power by 2035 | Park Police did not record radio transmissions during June 1 sweep of White House protesters | Court upholds protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears GOP Miami mayor does not commit to voting for Trump MORE in the 2016 election.

The Cook Political Report rates the district as a "toss up."

— Tess Bonn