For the second time in a week, a Russian comedian has released a prank call with a top member of the U.S. Congress.
“Hello Mr. Prime Minister, how are you?” Arizona Sen. John McCain told a man known as Vovan, who was posing as Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.
After exchanging pleasantries, the prankster said he wanted to talk about U.S. sanctions on Russia.
McCain told him he was sending a letter to President Trump, urging him to send “lethal weapons” to Ukraine to fight Russia.
The senator told the prankster he would do “everything I can to be of assistance” to push Trump to support his country.
“I have to be very frank with my friend, the prime minister. I do not know what the president is going to do,” McCain said.
McCain said his allies in Congress would fight legislatively if Trump attempts to ease sanctions on Russia.
“I will keep you informed as I hear of the decisions being made by the White House. As you know, there’s a great deal of confusion now, but we will continue to advocate — including our Senate leader, Sen. McConnell — for maintaining sanctions and increasing sanctions,” McCain told the prankster.
“But I have to tell you, my friend, I cannot predict what this president will do. That’s why we must keep the pressure on.”
Earlier this week, Vovan posted on his Facebook page a similar conversation with California Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
The comedian, posing as Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, and Waters discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia and Donald Trump’s position on them.
He went on to tell Waters that he has “good relations with Ms. Clinton.”
The comedian informed Waters that Russians hackers affected elections in the African province of Limpopo.
He told Waters Vladimir Putin advisors “Bovan” and “Lexus” ordered the alleged hacking.
“What are their internet names?” Waters inquired.
He then informed Waters that Putin invaded Gabon and she seemed to believe it.
The comedian told Waters about Putin’s new “hackers weapon.”
“Our president, he was in his office, and he watched the TV,” Vovan said in broken English. “And what happened, his TV channel changed by itself to Russia Today and it was interview with Putin.
“So, I don’t know, somehow they got access to TV lines,” he said.
“It happened to me, too!” Waters exclaimed in response.
“I was on the (House) floor talking and I got blacked out and Russia Today with an ad came on for 10 minutes.”
Vovan’s accomplice could be heard laughing in the background.
“That’s terrible,” he said.
“Yep, absolutely,” Waters said.
“We tried to find out who was responsible for it because C-SPAN manages our communications system and they could not give us a good explanation. They simply said it was a technical difficulty.”
Waters ended the call by saying she wanted to stay in touch and in the future “meet face-to-face.”
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