It seems that Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not the only satrap that Steven Seagal pals around with. He’s apparently also buddies with Vladimir Putin and he tried to arrange a meeting between the Russian strongman and a Congressional delegation seeking to investigate the Boston Marathon bombings.
Steven Seagal, cultural ambassador?
The action hero, martial artist and musician attempted to set up a visit of several members of Congress to Chechnya, but the lawmakers got cold feet at the last minute, POLITICO has learned.
The congressional trip — officially known as a CODEL — to Russia is part of a House committee’s investigation of last month’s Boston Marathon bombing. The two brothers accused of plotting the attack that killed three and wounded scores are Chechen Muslims, who grew up in the Kalmykia region of Russia and later emigrated to the United States.Before the lawmakers left, Seagal, who has appeared to develop a relationship with Russian President Vladmir Putin and Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, laid the groundwork for a detour.
“The CODEL’s visit to Chechnya was facilitated by Steven Seagal. He has an established friendship with Putin and others in the Russian government and assisted in accommodating the CODEL’s request to visit the region,” said Tara Setmayer, a spokeswoman for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.).
Seriously, can we just get all washed-up former celebrities out of the diplomacy business? First Dennis Rodman and now Seagal. Go away. No one cares about you anymore.