Trump ally interrogated by FBI about campaign involvement

Trump ally interrogated by FBI about campaign involvement
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An American academic with links to President TrumpDonald John TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing MORE said Friday he was detained and questioned by FBI agents at Logan airport in Boston this week.

Ted Malloch, a regular contributor to the conspiracy theory outlet Infowars, told The Guardian that he was detained by the FBI after flying to Boston from London.

Malloch said the FBI asked him about his involvement in the Trump campaign, his relationship with former campaign adviser Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneHillicon Valley: Senate panel subpoenas Roger Stone associate | Streaming giants hit with privacy complaints in Europe | FTC reportedly discussing record fine for Facebook | PayPal offering cash advances to unpaid federal workers Senate panel subpoenas Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi Corsi says stepson subpoenaed to testify before grand jury in Mueller investigation MORE and if he had ever visited the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lives.

Stone has been accused of having advance knowledge of WikiLeaks hacking the Democratic National Committee’s emails before the emails were released.

Malloch was also issued a subpoena to testify before special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s grand jury on April 13. The news of his detention and questioning was first reported by InfoWars.

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“I was unfazed and very dubious about why they thought I knew anything,” Malloch told The Guardian in a statement. “I did … find it objectionable to treat me the way they had, as I was entering my home country, where I am a citizen.”

“They did not need to use such tactics or intimidation,” he said. “I was a U.S. patriot and would do anything and everything to assist the government and I had no information that I believed was relevant.”

Malloch once claimed to be Trump’s top pick for U.S. ambassador to the European Union, but The Wall Street Journal reported that he was never being considered. Malloch has been accused in the past of embellishing his biography and accused of making false statements to banks. 

Malloch, a vocal critic of the EU, also has a close relationship with former leader of the U.K. Independence Party Nigel Farage, who frequently praises Trump and appeared with him on the campaign trail.