Republican dubbed 'Russia's favorite congressman' loses seat after 30 years

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Dana Rohrabacher once arm-wrestled Putin, but his extreme positions have increasingly alienated California constituents

The Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher would tell you he’s just a regular guy who loves his country and wishes he had more time to go surfing. But for 30 years, his southern California constituents have also dubbed him “crazy Dana”.

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An April 2016 meeting in Moscow with Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Kremlin-connected lawyer who, two months later, would participate in the infamous Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort.

A meeting with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange shortly before Assange released a trove of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee.

Several meetings with Maria Butina, now charged with being a Russian agent, and at least one meeting with Butina’s associate, Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of the Russian central bank who sought to set up a back-channel meeting between Putin and Trump during the campaign.

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