Former Trump White House staffer Sebastian Gorka has an active warrant out for his arrest in Hungary, according to the Hungarian police’s website.
The warrant, which is over a “firearm or ammunition abuse” issue, has been in place since September 2016, covering the entirety of Gorka’s White House stint, according to BuzzFeed, citing reporting by Hungarian media outlet 444.
Gorka, born in London to Hungarian immigrants, thus had the active warrant the whole time he was in the White House. The warrant description on a Hungarian police website does not include many specific details. The warrant could be related to an incident from as early as 2009.
Gorka was stopped by police in 2016 after trying to bring a handgun onto an airliner at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.He served from January 2017 until August 25, 2017, when, according to Gorka, he resigned because White House officials were undermining the Make America Great Again platform. Other sources reported that he had been asked to leave the administration, and was no longer allowed back in the White House. Gorka, who was born in London to Hungarian parents, left his position as special assistant to Trump in August, roughly a week after former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon’s departure.
Gorka was one of Trump’s most controversial advisers, primarily over his alleged ties to Hungarian fascists. He has a background in counterterrorism and was reportedly advising Trump on counterterrorism efforts, though his actual role in the White House was never fully detailed.
Gorka declined to comment on the warrant to BuzzFeed, saying,
“Don’t waste your time. I don’t talk to BuzzFeed, thank you.”
Gorka has a longstanding and well-documented interest in guns. He told Recoil magazine in November that his “everyday carry” includes two pistols, a knife, a tourniquet – and for good measure – a copy of the US constitution.
During his time in the Trump administration, Gorka gave a series of combative interviews with the press in which he defended the administration’s positions on national security and foreign policy. Various national security scholars in academic and policymaking circles have characterized Gorka as fringe. Some critics have challenged his academic credentials, his views on Islam and radicalization—as well as his motives for identifying with the Order of Vitéz or supporting the EU-banned Hungarian Guard.