President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., posted private correspondence on Twitter with WikiLeaks after a post revealed that they had communicated shortly before his father’s election.
The Atlantic magazine revealed that WikiLeaks had asked Donald Trump Jr. for cooperation and information.
WikiLeaks published a leak of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the election.
Donald Trump Jr.’s attorneys passed direct Twitter messages to investigators in Congress.
The congressional investigation is one of several examining allegations of a Russian agreement and interference in the US election.
To a large extent, the one-sided transcripts show that the president’s son has responded only a few times to a series of Wikileaks requests.
In a series of tweets on November 13, Donald Trump Jr. downplayed his contact with WikiLeaks, citing the “huge 3 responses,” which he said one congressional committee “chose to run selectively.” How ironic! ”.
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Reports indicate that WikiLeaks appears to have first contacted Donald Trump Jr. on Sept. 20, asking if he knew the origins of a website against Trump.
Donald Trump’s son responded the next day, saying: “Unofficially, I don’t know who this is, but I will ask. Thanks.”
The Atlantic claims that Donald Trump Jr. then emailed senior officials, including Steve Bannon, Kelian Conway, and Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to let them know that WikiLeaks had made contact.
Correspondence between September 2016 and July 2017 shows that WikiLeaks is urging Donald Trump to share his files with Clinton; asking him to submit his tax returns to WikiLeaks and advising him to challenge the result if he lost the election.
The Atlantic The piece states that while Donald Trump Jr. did not respond to later messages, tweets stigmatized cases in which he and his father appeared to have “acted on his requests” by mentioning or sharing stories on WikiLeaks shortly afterwards.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange criticized The Atlantichistory.
Julian Assange accuses him of selecting messages that were “edited” and not showing the full context of the conversations.
He also said the announcements were part of the group’s efforts to promote.
He wrote on Twitter: “WikiLeaks can be very effective in convincing even high-ranking people that it is in their interest to promote links to its publications.”
Donald Trump Jr.’s lawyer, Alan Futterfas, said so The Atlantic: “Over the last few months, we have worked in cooperation with each of the committees and voluntarily submitted thousands of documents in response to their requests.
“Leaving aside the question of why or by whom such documents submitted to Congress with promises of confidentiality were broadcast selectively, we can say with confidence that we have no concerns about these documents and all questions raised about them are easily answered in the relevant forum. “