WikiLeaks asked Trump jnr to "push" a story in conservative media that alleged Clinton joked about wanting to "drone" its founder Assange.
Although WikiLeaks, which denies being a Russian puppet, did the lion's share of the talking, it appears that in some cases Trump Jr. actually conveyed the whistleblowing website's requests through to the highest echelons of his father's presidential campaign.
Donald Trump Jr. and the WikiLeaks Twitter account exchanged several private messages during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a new story by the Atlantic's Julia Ioffe, who obtained messages turned over to congressional investigators.
After the Atlantic report was released, Trump Jr.'s camp put out a statement saying it had "no concerns" about the leaked documents. Strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us (a link was included).
And minutes later, he asked WikiLeaks: "What's behind this Wednesday leak I keep reading about?" "At no point during the 10-month correspondence does Trump jnr rebuff WikiLeaks". So, there's some Russia-related business at hand, if The Atlantic report is true.
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In June 2016, Trump Jr. accepted a now-highly scrutinized meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, after he allegedly was promised "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.
Still, the DMs do reveal that Trump Jr. was in contact with WikiLeaks during the fall of 2016, just before the group's controversial Podesta email postings began. It is "putintrump.' See "About" for who is behind it. It's awesome what she can get away with", The Atlantic reported Monday. Trump jnr responded that he "already did that earlier today".
If Mr. Trump were to lose, WikiLeads said on November 9, 2016, "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". "Btw we just released Podesta Emails Part 4".
At the time, rumors were widespread that WikiLeaks would soon release damaging Clinton-related emails.
Trump Jr. may not have responded to that message. 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.").