(National Sentinel)Â Congress: A former aide to President Donald J. Trump’s campaign ripped into some Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for attempting to tie him into Russia’s alleged 2016 election meddling.
In them, he ripped into Democratic committee member Rep. Jackie Speier, for claiming he was Russia President Vladimir Putinâ€™s image consultant back on March 20.
â€œContrary to Rep. Jackie Speierâ€™s comments in your March 20 public hearing, I was never President Vladimir Putinâ€™s â€˜image consultant.â€™ To the contrary, a simple Google search would have revealed a great deal, including my July 2004 op-ed in theÂ Washington Post, written after my colleague was murdered in Moscow,â€ said Caputo.
And later, he noted:Â â€œOther statements made during the March 20 public hearing about me were also inaccurate. For instance, Rep. Speier mentioned that my business failed in Russia without noting a simple historical fact: tens of thousands of businesses failed there in the wake of the 1998 Ruble devaluation and the subsequent economic meltdown.
â€œFor some reason,” he continued, “the congresswoman also got personal, unnecessarily mentioning my wife. Of course, my wife is Ukrainian â€“ and you donâ€™t need Google to understand why our marriage does not support the Congresswomanâ€™s hypothesis that Iâ€™m a Putinist,â€ Caputo added. â€œJust as not every Italian American is associated with organized crime, not every Ukrainian woman is connected to President Putin.â€
Caputo went on to describe how he and his wife, who in February became an American citizen, were also accused of impropriety by Speier and other Democratic committee members, adding they both were â€œburied in threats,”Â The Daily Caller reported.
“That day and those that followed were both terrifying and, ultimately, ironic: My wife, a hardworking wife and mother, proudly became an American citizen in February. A month later, she was unfairly scrutinized, demonized and threatened as a result of comments made by members of this Committee that lacked investigation and context,” he noted.
The DC noted further:
Caputo testified that he worked for the Trump campaign from late November 2015 to June 20, 2016 as director of the New York State primary campaign in Buffalo. Following the primary, he moved to the Trump New York City headquarters. He testified he had â€œno autonomyâ€ and was â€œnot a decision maker.â€
Around June 1, 2016, he said he was appointed Director of Communications for the Caucus Operations at the Republican National Convention.
â€œFrom the day President Trump announced his candidacy until Inauguration Day, to my knowledge I never spoke about his campaign with anyone remotely associated with the Russian government. At no time did I ever talk about Russian contacts with any member of the campaign. I certainly did not hear talk of collusion with Russia or any foreign nation,â€ he continued. â€œThe only time I spoke about Russia with Donald Trump was in passing, during a dinner conversation in 2013, long before he decided to run for President. He simply asked: â€˜What was it like to live in Russia.â€™ Our exchange may have lasted 30 seconds.â€
He also lashed out at having to appear before the committee in the first place, and under such unjustified conditions (as in, theÂ Russia collusion hoax).
â€œIâ€™m a Bills fan. Iâ€™m not a Gucci-loafered lobbyist. Iâ€™m not selling a book. Iâ€™m not a celebrity seeking publicity. I wonâ€™t be profiting in any manner from my appearance here today, or future appearances. In fact, your investigation and others into the allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Russia are costing my family a great deal of money. Iâ€™m paying for this in the only way an average guy can: I have liquidated my childrenâ€™s college fund,” he said.