According to the Daily News Egypt, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was part of a Congressional delegation that visited with General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in Egypt recently. The trip – along with Stockman’s whereabouts – have been somewhat shrouded in mystery because Stockman is a strong underdog in his bid for the U.S. Senate against incumbent John Cornyn. The publication identified the delegation to Egypt as being led by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).
However, according to Breitbart, Stockman is breaking his silence, saying he is in London and referencing a trip to meet with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, but making no reference to a trip to Egypt:
Missing Texas Congressman Steve Stockman told an associate he was headed to Russia to meet with Vladimir Putin, according to an electronic communication reviewed by Breitbart News, and now says he is in London.
The new information offers tantalizing clues both to Stockman’s whereabouts and purpose as speculation continues to build about his unusual absence in the weeks since launching a quixotic primary challenge to Senator John Cornyn.
Stockman broke his silence on the matter in a text message sent to Breitbart News at 3:26am central time.
A bit later, Breitbart’s Brandon Darby and Jonathan Strong refer to the aforementioned article:
Daily News Egypt reported Jan. 20 that Stockman was part of group of five lawmakers who traveled to Egypt as part of a congressional delegation led by Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California. Inquiries to members of the delegation and the House Foreign Affairs Committee have not been returned.
This, of course, is backed up by a photo which shows the Congressmen in Egypt:
Perhaps one of the most shocking claims about the meeting involves Sanchez, a Democrat, who told Youm7 in Egypt that CNN, known as a pro-Muslim Brotherhood organization in Egypt, does not represent the American people.
Here is a clearer photo of the delegation in Egypt:
Another photo appears to show General al-Sisi greeting Stockman:
While in Egypt, Stockman even granted an interview to ONtv:
What is indeed curious is that Stockman is transparently evasive about discussing his trip to Egypt while also saying he’s not hiding by pointing out that “we met with the press every day”. As the photos and video above demonstrate, that may not be an inaccurate statement but it’s not totally forthcoming and quite lawyerly based on what we now know. Stockman doesn’t seem interested in talking about where he was (Egypt) when the press was with him “every day”.
Like Breitbart, calls we have placed to the offices of Lummis, Rohrabacher, and Stockman have not been returned.