Gorka, whose exact role in the White House while serving as a deputy assistant to the president was never entirely clear, apparently is in trouble with the law over a charge of ‘firearm or ammunition abuse.’ The warrant, first reported in Hungarian online outlet 444, was issued on Sept. 17, 2016, prior to Trump’s election.
What this means is that Seb Gorka was working in the White House with an active arrest warrant in Hungary, including during his March 2017 meeting with Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, held in Washington obviously since Gorka couldn’t travel to Hungary.
Gorka is a popular NRA favorite and a firearms affecionado. In November, he shared this photo in an interview with Recoil Magazine.
Hungarian police did not respond immediately to BuzzFeed’s request for comment. This is what we know at this time.
The Hungarian police’s website only notes the date it was issued, the charge, and that it was filed with the Budaörs police station in Budapest. 444 noted that the charge could have resulted from an incident as far back as 2009.
When BuzzFeed reporters called Gorka, he said “don’t waste your time,” adding “I don’t talk to BuzzFeed, thank you.” Instead, Gorka took to Twitter to complain about “fake news.”
“An incident from 2009.”
I moved to America in 2008. (LEGALLY!)
Try FACTS next time Glenn. Hack.
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) January 18, 2018
Trump supporters have responded, obviously not reading the article, and are suggesting that the Hungarian police station is “fake news.”
— AllAmericanGirl 🇺🇸❤️ (@catdeeann) January 18, 2018
Fakenews is out of control. You idiots can’t even get basic data for lies to coincide with any semblance of reality. If you are going to write fake news…do a better job.
— Steph (@steph93065) January 18, 2018
What is it with these stupid news outlets??????
— Suze Michelini (@emilia_suze) January 18, 2018
We agree with Jay Fiala, and I’d be willing to pitch in for his airfare.
I’ll pay for your airfare to Hungary just to make sure…. 🇭🇺
— (((Jay Fiala))) 👎🏼 (@jayfiala) January 18, 2018
Gorka is a former national security editor for Breitbart. He worked as Trump’s national security aide but “resigned” in May, 2017 after leaders of the black, Hispanic, and Asian caucuses wrote this letter to Donald Trump.
“Americans deserve to know that white nationalists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis are not in a position to influence U.S. policy. In this time of tumult in our country, Americans deserve a leader that will bring us all together and denounce those who seek to tear us apart.”
CNN reported at the time that Gorka generated too much controversy for the White House, and other sources say that Gorka did not have security clearance, which seems likely because a background check would have shown the arrest warrant in Hungary.
Gorka’s history, via UPI:
Gorka has served as a deputy assistant to Trump and has worked on the National Security Council and Steve Bannon‘s Strategic Initiatives Group, which Gorka previously said is a “node of power” for coordinating task forces to collaborate with people outside of government.
Here is a screengrab from the Recoil website showing all of Gorka’s “accomplishments” except the Breitbart job.
Featured image via Official White House photo