Malloch is known as an ally to UKIP leader Nigel Farage and was briefly touted as the U.S. president’s pick for EU ambassador last year, before reports that he made misleading claims in an autobiography — including that Margaret Thatcher had called him a “genius” — and strong criticism from European officials thwarted the appointment.He has been asked to testify before Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading a U.S. Department of Justice probe into potential links between Russia and Trump’s 2016 election campaign. Trump has denounced the investigation as a “witch hunt.”Malloch said in the statement that he assisted in the Trump campaign in an informal and unpaid capacity, and that he never met with Stone alone. He said he found his treatment by the FBI “objectionable.”“They did not need to use such tactics or intimidation,” he said. “I was a U.S. patriot and would do anything and everything to assist the government and I had no information that I believed was relevant.” Also On POLITICO Mueller: Rick Gates spoke to person with Russian spy ties in late 2016 By Kyle Cheney Trump attack unleashes oppo against Mueller By Darren Samuelsohn The FBI detained Ted Malloch upon arrival in the United States and issued a subpoena to testify on potential collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, the Guardian reported Friday.Malloch, an American academic and outspoken Trump supporter based in London, said in an emailed statement that he was stopped by the FBI at Boston’s Logan Airport on Wednesday and interrogated about his involvement in Trump’s presidential campaign. He said he was also asked about his ties to Roger Stone, the Republican strategist who is believed to have known ahead of time that Wikileaks planned to publish emails stolen — allegedly by Russian hackers — from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016.The FBI agents “seemed to know everything about me,” he said in his statement about the experience.
Pick Her Up, the debut single from Dierks Bentley‘s comedy band Hot Country Knights is here and the video premiered yesterday.Featuring Travis Tritt, Pick Her Up is a throwback to the glory days of Country music in the 90s. The video was directed by Was Edwards and sees the Knights transform an average joe to win over his love interest, played by Tiffani Thiessen.Watch the video below:Pick Her Up is produced by Dierks Bentley along with co-writers Jim Beavers and Brett Beavers. It will impact country radio on 3rd February.“Travis Tritt is our longtime spirit animal and we have spent many a long night in the back of the van dreaming of working with or maybe even FOR Tiffani,” explained band leader Doug Douglason. “When UMG finally came around and signed us…they were two of our demands for the music video.”Pick Her Up has already picked up widespread critical acclaim and it’s the first taste of original music from Hot Country Knights.The band is comprised of band leader Douglas (“Doug”) Douglason, lead bass player Trevor Travis, lead guitarist Marty Ray (“Rayro”) Roburn, keytar/fiddle player Terotej (“Terry”) Dvoraczekynski, steel guitarist Barry Van Ricky and percussionist Monte Montgomery.