Comedian with Connections to WikiLeaks Subpoenaed in Russia Witch Hunt, Vows Not to Speak
The House Intelligence Committee is preparing to subpoena liberal comedian and activist Randy Credico as part of their Russian witch hunt over his contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Trump associate Roger Stone.
The committee is interested in three meetings that Credico, who hosts a political comedy radio show, had with Assange over the past few months.
“According to Credico, he and Assange held ‘three meetings that were two to three hours each’ at the Ecuadorian embassy in London where the online activist has received diplomatic asylum. They took place on September 6, and the 13th and 16th of November of this year,” AlterNet reports.
The New York-based comedian has already declined to participate in a “voluntary, transcribed interview at the Committee’s offices” and has vowed not to speak to them should he be subpoenaed.
The letter Credico received this month urging him to come in for an interview was signed by Committee ranking Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, and Rep. Michael Conaway. It stated that “Russian cyber-activities against the 2016 US election, potential links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns, the US government’s response to these Russian active measures, and related leaks of classified information.”
Appearing on the Jimmy Dore show on Tuesday, Credico stated that his lawyer expects to receive the subpoena within the next few days.
“I’m going to go down there, but I have nothing to say to them,” Credico told Dore.
Credico asserted his belief that the witch hunt is an effort to shut down Assange and WikiLeaks.
“He’s a powerful journalist, they don’t want that material to be out there in the public,” Credico said of Assange. “They don’t want us to be knowledgeable and they are trying to intimidate people like me.”
The activist told Gateway Pundit that there are ways for him to fight the subpoena, but did not elaborate on how he would be doing so. In his interview with AlterNet, he asserted that his notes from the meetings are covered under the First Amendment.
“I’m a journalist with a radio show and there’s nothing [the committee] can elicit out of me because I’m covered by the First Amendment. And everything I’ve talked to Assange about has been on the show, and everything else is in my fucking notes. Would any journalist give them their notes?” Credico stated.
— Randy Credico (@Credico2016) November 25, 2017
Assange entered the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on June 19, 2012, where he applied for and was granted political asylum. Since that time, the building has been encircled by police waiting on standby to arrest him. It is believed that if he was arrested he would be extradited to the US, though he has never been charged with any crime.
After 16 months of investigation in 2016, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) concluded that Assange is the victim of arbitrary detention. Not only did the group made up of lawyers and human rights professionals release an opinion that Assange should be released, they reported that he should additionally be compensated by the governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom for “deprivation of liberty.”
As far as Stone, Credico told AlterNet that “Roger Stone is just a whipping post for the committee but the one they’re after is Assange because they want to quiet him.”
— Randy Credico (@Credico2016) November 19, 2017
Credico is a well-respected activist who stands for free speech and against the war on drugs. In 2009, he ran for senate against incumbent Democrat Chuck Schumer. He later ran unsuccessful mayoral and gubernatorial campaigns. Though he was no fan of Hillary Clinton, the activist also “hates” Trump and asserts that he would not have had any motivation to help his campaign.
— Randy Credico (@Credico2016) November 14, 2017
His disdain for Trump is evident on his Twitter account which contains many images and tweets likening the president to the KKK.
When asked how he felt about being targeted in the Democrat-led Russiagate witch hunt despite being on the left, Credico told Gateway Pundit that “the Democrats are not the left.” In his interview with Dore, he blasted Schumer for taking large donations from weapons manufacturers.
We have reached out to Assange for comment but did not receive a response by time of publishing. We will update this article if one is made available.