In today’s print edition of the Portland Press Herald I broke the story that former U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher — a Trump ally who earned the moniker “Putin’s favorite Congressman” for his support of the Russian president and other autocrats — took part in the march on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. Rohrabacher, who represented Orange County, California until his reelection defeat in 2018 and now lives in Maine, confirmed his involvement in a telephone interview with me Monday afternoon.
As you can read in the story, video shows Rohrabacher in the West Lawn crowd some 500 feet inside the overrun police perimeter, but he isn’t shown to try to ascend the West Plaza steps or enter the building itself. He told me he believed the election was stolen, supported the protests, but disagreed with their entering (and sacking) the building.
The former Congressman apparently has not been taking other reporters’ calls. The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, AP, Orange County Register, and other major media outlets have all relied on the Press Herald story for their coverage today.