Pittenger statement on WH Deputy Assistant Gorka
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER: MICHAEL S. SMITH IS NOT AN ADVISER TO TERRORISM TASK FORCE
CHARLOTTE – In response to claims by Mr. Michael S. Smith that he is an adviser to the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), Chairman of the Task Force, issued this statement:
“Dr. Sebastian Gorka is a friend and trusted adviser on efforts to combat radical Islamic terrorism and increase the safety and security of American families. Since 2014, I have hosted seven Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forums, bringing together more than 600 Members of Parliament and other leaders from 60 nations to discuss efforts to combat terrorism financing, money laundering, and other national security issues. Dr. Gorka has provided expert testimony at these forums, and I applaud President Trump for bringing him to the White House.
“While I did meet Mr. Smith when he stopped by my office several years ago with another trusted adviser, he does not serve the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare in any capacity, nor has he contributed to any of the work we have produced.”
Congressman Pittenger serves as Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, and Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance.