After a day of playing footsie with the Russian elite, Steve King asked that a “Chinese masseuse” to be sent to his hotel room.
In the evening, after the representatives returned to the Ritz, King asked a diplomat to arrange for a “Chinese masseuse” to be sent to his room, two U.S. officials said. One official with connections in Chinese circles was even asked to make inquiries about how to procure one, but declined. A representative for King did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
Rohrabacher is planning another congressional delegation to Russia this spring, he told BuzzFeed News. And yes, Steven Seagal may be involved. “I’ll probably call Steven and say, ‘Let the leadership know I’ll be in town,’” Rohrabacher said.
For months after the congressional trip, Seagal’s diplomatic talents remained a priority for Russia. Sergei Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to Washington, made several visits to the State Department to pester officials about Seagal’s appointment. “He kept asking, ‘Can you please tell us the status of our request about Mr. Seagal?’ And every time they’d just tell him, ‘We’re still thinking about it,’” said a source familiar with the conversations. After several failed attempts, Kislyak eventually dropped the matter. The State Department assumed the affair was closed until calls started coming in from a raspy-voiced man who said that he was reaching out on Seagal’s behalf.