Former Obama aide under investigation in Russia probe
Posted On July 9, 2021
Fox News has learned that former White House aide Ben Rhodes is under investigation by federal investigators in Russia for “misleading” a Russian judge about his involvement in the 2016 presidential campaign, and for failing to disclose the Russian interference probe during a trip to Moscow last month.
Rhodes, who has since left the White House, was among a handful of senior Obama administration officials who attended a May 18 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.
The Kremlin has repeatedly denied any interference in the U.S. election and has called for the release of all previously classified information.
The Trump administration has denied any involvement in meddling in the election, as well.
The White House press office confirmed that Rhodes is in the FBI’s ongoing investigation of his activities in Russia.
He also served as Obama’s ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama, according to the office.
“Rhodesian was in the Oval Office with Putin when Putin said the U of S will get the sanctions back,” a senior administration official told Fox News.
“That was a huge deal, especially given that they have been fighting a war of words with the United States over sanctions over Russia.”
During his visit to Moscow in May, Rhodes was in direct contact with Russian intelligence agents and other individuals who had worked for the Trump campaign, including Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Carter Page and Manafort, who were reportedly in the meeting with Kislyak.
Rhodes was also in the middle of the meeting, according in a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Rothsons actions, the White President’s Counsel, Mark Corallo, told Fox, “violated longstanding norms of engagement with Russian foreign policy.
We will continue to investigate and prosecute these violations of our longstanding norms and we will bring them to justice.”
Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.