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