Trump Jr. corresponded with WikiLeaks during 2016 Presidential campaign

Donald Trump Jr

Donald Trump Jr

Lying in wait amid The Atlantic's report on Twitter direct message exchanges between Donald Trump, Jr. and WikiLeaks is a legal point brought up over the summer: that the campaign's coordination with foreign nationals could constitute a federal crime.

In a message shortly after the election, WikiLeaks also sought a more permanent status for Julian Assange, now sequestered in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

At the time, Hillary Clinton seemed en route to a victory on election day.

According to the Atlantic, the "largely one-sided" correspondence continued until July 2017 and mostly involved WikiLeaks sending messages to Trump jnr that he didn't respond to.

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That very same day, Mike Pence flatly denied that the campaign was "in cahoots" with WikiLeaks, telling Fox News that "nothing could be further from the truth". WikiLeaks wrote on December 16 to Trump Jr., according to The Atlantic. In a direct message, WikiLeaks asked Trump Jr.to send them the emails for release, saying, "We think this is strongly in your interest". "It's unbelievable what she can get away with", The Atlantic reported Monday.

Two minutes later, Trump Jr. wrote again, asking, "What's behind this Wednesday leak I keep reading about?" "Off the record I don't know who that is, but I'll ask around", Trump jnr said.

Donald Trump Jr.'s lawyer told the magazine that he and his client have voluntarily handed over thousands of documents to congressional committees. The communications, which Gizmodo has not confirmed independently, reveal an intense thirst on the part of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who clearly holds a candle for Donald Trump.

"Trump Jr. appears to have acted on WikiLeaks" requests at least twice.

Trump Jr.'s lawyers gave the Twitter messages to congressional investigators as they dig into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation in any way.

Trump Jr. did not respond to this message.

"A PAC run anti-Trump site putintrump.org is about to launch", WikiLeaks wrote.

At the time, rumors were widespread that WikiLeaks would soon release damaging Clinton-related emails. WikiLeaks also variously asked Jr.to leak his father's tax returns ("If we publish them it will dramatically improve the perception of our impartiality."); tell Australia to appoint WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as US Ambassador; and, on Election Day past year, to challenge the results if Clinton won ("Hi Don if your father "loses" we think it is much more interesting if he DOES NOT conceed [sic] and spends time CHALLENGING the media and other types of rigging that occurred-as he has implied that he might do.").

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