On Sunday, Arron Banks, a Brexit campaigner, denied the allegations that he received money from Russia or that he had assistance for the campaign to withdraw from the European Union.
Arron Banks is a British businessman who bankrolled one of the main campaigns for Brexit. He is scheduled to face questions from lawmakers on Tuesday regarding his connection with Russia following a report that said that the connections went further and deeper than what was previously disclosed.
Citing some emails that it had received from a journalist who worked with Banks on a certain book, the Sunday Times said that Banks and Andy Wigmore, his associate, had repeated contact with officials from Russia both before and after the Brexit referendum campaign.
Banks told reporters: “I have never seen such a conflated story in all my life.”
He continued: “Yeah, we had two lunches with the Russian ambassador and passed on a business contact. So what?”
When he asked if he ever received Russian money or an assistance for the Brexit campaign, Banks laughed and said: “No, of course not. You know if I have, I’m still waiting for the cheque. This is just a complete absolute garbage – it is like the Salem witch hunt. They just keep on screaming ‘witch’, ‘witch’.”
Banks added: “The big picture is that they are in the full Remain swing – they are trying to discredit everyone involved in Brexit and it just continues apace.”
He said that is scheduled to appear before lawmakers later in the week and that he would also inform them of his contacts with officials from other countries.
He stated: “It wasn’t just the Russians: we met all sorts of nationalities, we also briefed the State Department in Washington, we also met with the top embassy officials in London.”
He added: “So if we are Russian spies we must be American spies too.”