Remember that time Donald Trump said, “I love Wikileaks!”? We do, too. And now it’s been revealed that Donald Trump Jr.exchanged private messages with WikiLeaks on Twitter before the 2016 election, according to an explosive report by The Atlantic.
In late September 2016, the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent a direct message to Donald Trump Jr. to alert him that an anti-Trump site run by a political action committee (PAC) was “about to launch.” The message then gave Junior the password to the site.
“The PAC is a recycled pro-Iraq war PAC. We have guessed the password. It is ‘putintrump.’ See ‘About’ for who is behind it. Any comments?” WikiLeaks wrote in the direct message.
“Off the record I don’t know who that is, but I’ll ask around,” Trump Jr. reportedly said in response.
The correspondence between the two has been handed over to lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
This is pretty bad, y’all.
Wikileaks was all in for Donald Trump’s campaign, trying to make the ‘transparency’ organization seem legit; they asked Junior to “leak” Daddy’s tax returns.
The correspondence between them continued until July 2017. Many of the messages from Wikileaks went unreturned. Like, for example, when Wikileaks asked for Donald Trump’s tax returns. “If we publish them it will dramatically improve the perception of our impartiality,” the account said.
“That means that the vast amount of stuff that we are publishing on Clinton will have much higher impact, because it won’t be perceived as coming from a ‘pro-Trump’ ‘pro-Russia’ source,” the message from WikiLeaks stated.
And then in a message in October, WikiLeaks asked Junior to “push” a story in right-wing media which alleged Hillary Clinton joked about wanting to “drone” Julian Assange. In response, Junior reportedly said that he “already did that earlier today.”
On the day of the election, WikiLeaks suggested that Trump contest the results of the election if he didn’t win.
Sen. Adam Schiff has responded.
Adam Schiff: “That Donald Trump Jr. and Wikileaks would discuss coordinating their efforts to highlight information damaging to Clinton… demonstrates once again a willingness by the highest levels of the Trump campaign to accept foreign assistance.” pic.twitter.com/EOHcsYiMFr
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 13, 2017
But wait, it gets worse.
The Hill reports:
Trump tweeted about the hacked emails of then-Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta approximately 15 minutes after WikiLeaks requested his son Donald Trump Jr. to, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal pointed out Monday, based on reporting from The Atlantic.
— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) November 13, 2017
Remember this tweet from Trump?
Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2016
The Atlantic reports:
“According to a source familiar with the congressional investigations into Russian interference with the 2016 campaign, who requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, on the same day that Trump Jr. received the first message from WikiLeaks, he emailed other senior officials with the Trump campaign, including Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Brad Parscale, and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, telling them WikiLeaks had made contact. Kushner then forwarded the email to campaign communications staffer Hope Hicks.”
Vice-President Mike Pence alleged that the Trump campaign was never “in cahoots” with Wikileaks on the very same day that Junior sent out a link provided by Wikileaks.
We’re sure Mr. Mueller is taking notes.
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