Re­port: Trump Jr. was in touch with Wiki-Leaks

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD -

NEW YORK — Don­ald Trump Jr. cor­re­sponded with Wiki-Leaks dur­ing the 2016 cam­paign — and the pres­i­dent’s son ap­pears to have acted on re­quests made by the Krem­lin-con­nected trans­parency or­ga­ni­za­tion, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port.

As the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sian col­lu­sion con­tin­ues to loom over the White House, Twit­ter mes­sages ob­tained by The At­lantic on Mon­day in­di­cate that Trump Jr. com­mu­ni­cated with Wiki-Leaks on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions, start­ing in Septem­ber last year and span­ning un­til at least July this year.

Roughly two months be­fore Elec­tion Day, the Wiki-Leaks Twit­ter ac­count ini­ti­ated con­tact, in­form­ing the Trump son over a di­rect mes­sage that an anti-Trump PAC was about to launch a web­site called putin­trump.org, the re­port said.

“The PAC is a re­cy­cled pro-Iraq war PAC,” the Wiki-Leaks han­dle wrote. “We have guessed the pass­word. It is ‘putin­trump.’ See ‘About’ for who is be­hind it. Any com­ment?”

“Off the record I don’t know who that is, but

I’ll ask around. Thanks,”

Trump Jr. re­sponded about 12 hours later.

It ap­pears Trump Jr. made good on that prom­ise, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

A source fa­mil­iar with the con­gres­sional in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 elec­tion told The At­lantic that Trump Jr. con­tacted a num­ber of se­nior Trump cam­paign of­fi­cials hours af­ter re­ceiv­ing those mes­sages, telling them that Wiki-Leaks had made con­tact. The of­fi­cials in­cluded Steve Ban­non, Kellyanne Con­way, Brad Pas­cale and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kush­ner.

Trump Jr. at no point re­buffed Wiki-Leaks’ at­tempts at con­tact, even though the U.S. in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity had al­ready con­cluded that the or­ga­ni­za­tion had pub­lished stolen doc­u­ments and op­er­ated on be­half of Rus­sian in­ter­ests, the re­port said.

Trump Jr.’s lawyer, Alan Futer­fas, said his client has turned over the cor­re­spon­dence to con­gres­sional com­mit­tees prob­ing Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 elec­tion.

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