We all remember Congressman Denny Rehberg.
Rehberg grew up dreaming of being a lobbyist, and after he lost to John Tester in 2012 Rehberg’s dream came true.
Whilst building his fast-food empire, Rehberg also became a lobbyist at Mercury Public Affairs. Financing Billings and Kalispell Popeye’s is an expensive venture, he’s got to pay the bills somehow!
But it appears that in order to become the (Burger) King, Rehberg might have gotten involved with some shady stuff.
According to the New York Times extra-spicy report about the raid on former Trump campaign CEO Paul Manafort, Rehberg’s lobby shop is tied up in Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s investigation. From the Times:
At least three witnesses have recently been subpoenaed to testify about Mr. Manafort: Jason Maloni, a spokesman who appeared before the grand jury for more than two hours on Friday, and the heads of two consulting firms–Mercury Public Affairs and the Podesta Group–who worked with Mr. Manafort on behalf of Viktor F. Yanukovych, the pro-Russian former president of Ukraine.
Now, I know what you are thinking, “Rehberg wasn’t much of a foreign-relations guy. He was more of the, get drunk and fall of a horse kind of guy…”
But it would seem in his post Congressional career Rehberg has taken a shine to foreign relations. Especially if it comes with a Whopper of a paycheck.
In January, Rehberg wrote an op-ed calling for a resetting of relations between Turkey and the United States and for the U.S. to extradite Fethullah Gulen, an exiled cleric. The Conservative media outlet The Daily Caller quickly discovered that Rehberg had ties to lobbying on behalf of the Turkish government. The conservative media outlet called out Rehberg’s conflict Louisiana Fast!
According to the Daily Caller:
But there’s more to the story, and it exposes some of the inner workings of Turkey’s multi-million dollar lobbying effort to fetch the 77-year-old Gulen from the U.S.
Rehberg is a lobbyist for Mercury Public Affairs, a Washington, D.C. public relations shop. And one of Mercury’s clients is Amsterdam & Partners, a law firm that handles a $50,000-a-month account for the Turkish government.
Hold on to your tin-foil Burger King crowns readers. If this money-making gambit feels familiar it’s because it is. Former Trump National Security Advisor, and subject of many Russia-related inquiries, Michael Flynn pulled off the same gambit.
I don’t think we can say for certain that Rehberg is involved in Mueller’s Russia investigation. But I think it is safe to say that Denny has found himself in a combo meal with some bad people. Perhaps being the Burger King wasn’t enough, he wanted to be the Burger Czar.