An attorney for WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeMexican president says he sought pardon for Assange from Trump British high court rules Assange can be extradited to US to face espionage charges Julian Assange given permission to marry in prison MORE alleged in court Wednesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE offered a pardon to Julian Assange if he would deny any Russian involvement in the Democratic National Committee (DNC) hack in 2016.
Edward Fitzgerald, Assange's lawyer, said in a London court that Trump's message had been passed on to Assange by former Rep. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherNow someone wants to slap a SPACE Tax on Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, et al 'Blue wave' Democrats eye comebacks after losing reelection Former Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building MORE (R-Calif.).
Fitzgerald said a statement made by Jennifer Robinson, another lawyer for Assange, shows "Mr. Rohrabacher going to see Mr Assange and saying, on instructions from the president, he was offering a pardon or some other way out, if Mr Assange ... said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC leaks."
White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden clarifies his remarks on Russia The Hill's Morning Report - Voting rights takes center stage for Democrats Lawmakers take stock of election laws in wake of Jan. 6 anniversary MORE on Wednesday denied the account.
“The President barely knows Dana Rohrabacher other than he’s an ex-congressman. He’s never spoken to him on this subject or almost any subject. It is is a complete fabrication and a total lie. This is probably another never ending hoax and total lie from the DNC,” Grisham said in a statement.
The DNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and Rohrabacher could not immediately be reached for comment.
District Judge Vanessa Baraitser, who is presiding over Assange's case, said the allegation would be admissible for a hearing next week regarding Assange's legal battle to block attempts at extraditing him to the U.S, according to The Guardian.
Assange has been in prison since September after serving a 50-week jail sentence for violating his bail requirements during his time in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, The Guardian reported.
If tried in the U.S., Assange could face up to 18 charges, including conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.