Donald Trump Jr. Had Direct Contact With Wikileaks Regarding Information About Clinton

Pauline Gross
November 15, 2017

In an intelligence assessment released last January, the NSA, CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation concluded that Russian military intelligence provided hacked information from the DNC and "senior Democratic officials" to WikiLeaks.

Democrats swiftly reacted to the report, saying Trump Jr. should provide more information.

— April 26, 2016: Papadopoulos meets with Joseph Mifsud, a professor in London, who tells him that the Russians had obtained "dirt" on Clinton, including thousands of emails.

Alan Futerfas, Trump Jr.'s attorney, said his client's exchanges with WikiLeaks were innocuous.

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly cited WikiLeaks' release of stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

The "About" page on the site lists Glaser as the benefactor, as of an archive captured 6 days after Wikileak's message to Trump Jr.

"What's behind this Wednesday leak I keep reading about?" Trump jnr asked during one exchange on October 3.

In one DM it wrote, in part, "Hiya, it'd be great if you guys could comment on/push this story". "Strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us", the October 12 message read.

The U.S. intelligence community earlier this year stated with "high confidence" that members of Russia's military intelligence service hacked the Democratic emails and then gave them to WikiLeaks. In fact, Trump Jr. reached out to ask WikiLeaks about rumors of a planned release, but there's no indication that he got a response. Fifteen minutes later, his father tweeted to his millions of followers: "Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!"

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Two days later, Trump Jr. tweeted the link to his followers, writing, "For those who have the time to read about all the corruption and hypocrisy all the @wikileaks emails are right here: http://wlsearch.tk/". The New York Times has identified the senior policy adviser as Stephen Miller, who is now a top White House aide. Not because of the questionable ethics, but because everything he touches turns into a pain for Donald Trump and the people around him, whether it's meeting with Russian lawyers under weird circumstances or, in this case, just texting with WikiLeaks. "Their attempts to get information were unsuccessful, and he did not bite", he said.

They even encouraged the President-elect to ask Australia to make WikiLeaks' founder, Julian Assange, ambassador to the US.

Trump himself tweeted about WikiLeaks 14 times from July 2016 up until his election.

"Nothing could be further from the truth", Pence replied.

Vice President Mike Pence said, via his spokesman, that he was "never aware of anyone associated with the campaign being in contact with Wikileaks". "He first learned of this news from a published report earlier tonight".

However, the messages do not show that Trump Jr. or anyone else on the Trump campaign had advance knowledge of any of WikiLeaks' plans regarding Democrats' hacked emails.

— January 6, 2017: The NSA, CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation release an intelligence assessment concluding that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in an attempt to hurt Clinton's candidacy and help Trump.

He added: "I can't think of any time in history where a foreign government, through a cut-out has been able to tap directly into a campaign in this way".

Requests from WikiLeaks kept coming in after the election.

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