Trump Jr.'s WikiLeaks exchange adds intrigue to Russian Federation probe

Trump Jr.'s WikiLeaks exchange adds intrigue to Russian Federation probe

Trump Jr.'s WikiLeaks exchange adds intrigue to Russian Federation probe

The Atlantic obtained a bunch of direct messages between WikiLeaks and Trump Jr., from September 2016 to as recently as July 2017.

President Donald Trump's campaign and his family had several contacts with intermediaries for the Russian government during the 2016 campaign and the presidential transition.

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.

The newly revealed exchanges provide additional information about the role played by Trump jnr in 2016. "They were first reported by the Atlantic and later posted by Trump Jr. on Twitter".

Trump may claim that his son was acting foolishly on his own and that he tweeted without knowledge of his son's communication with WikiLeaks.

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.

And minutes later, he asked WikiLeaks: "What's behind this Wednesday leak I keep reading about?"

"'Hey Donald, great to see you and your dad talking about our publications, ' WikiLeaks wrote". WikiLeaks also passes along a link to a searchable database of the hacked information, saying: "Strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us".

US intelligence agencies concluded that emails from the DNC and Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta were hacked by Russian Federation before being released by WikiLeaks.

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Trump jnr did not answer. "So dishonest! Rigged system!"

- October 7, 2016: Hours after The Washington Post released a video of Trump bragging about grabbing women without their permission, WikiLeaks begins releasing emails from Podesta's private email account. "Their attempts to get information were unsuccessful, and he did not bite", he said. The anti-secrecy site also tried to persuade Trump share his father's tax returns.

During the campaign, Vice-President Mike Pence said the Trump team had nothing to do with WikiLeaks.

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

"The Vice President was never aware of anyone associated with the campaign being in contact with WikiLeaks", Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said.

Glaser has continued to follow the story as well, publishing a Medium blog post earlier this week - just before The Atlantic's piece - about Robert Mueller's probe of the relationship between Russian Federation and Trump. As for criminality, it is the effort to halt the investigation (e.g., lean on former FBI director James Comey not to investigate Michael Flynn, fire Comey, draft a fake explanation for the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting) that raises the potential for a charge of obstruction of justice.

The leaked Twitter exchanges are likely to increase calls for Mt Trump testify publicly in front of the various committees.

The list of matters he wanted probed was wide ranging, but included the FBI's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, various dealings of the Clinton Foundation and several matters connected to the purchase of the Canadian mining company Uranium One by Russia's nuclear energy agency.

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