By CHRIS SOMMERFELDT
New York Daily News
NEW YORK â Donald Trump Jr. corresponded with WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign â and the presidential son appears to have acted on requests made by the Kremlin-connected transparency organization, according to a new report.
As the investigation into Russian collusion continues to loom over the White House, Twitter messages obtained by The Atlantic Monday reveal Donald Trump Jr. communicated with WikiLeaks on a number of occasions, starting in September last year and spanning until at least July this year.
Roughly two months before Election Day, the WikiLeaks Twitter account initiated contact, informing the Trump son over a direct message an anti-Trump PAC was about to launch a website called putintrump.org.
âThe PAC is a recycled pro-Iraq war PAC,â the WikiLeaks handle wrote. âWe have guessed the password. It is âputintrump.â See âAboutâ for who is behind it. Any comment?â
âOff the record I donât know who that is, but Iâll ask around. Thanks,â Trump Jr. responded about 12 hours later.
And it appears Trump Jr. made good on that promise.
A source familiar with the congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election told The Atlantic Trump Jr. contacted a number of senior Trump campaign officials hours after receiving those messages, telling them WikiLeaks had made contact.
The officials included Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Brad Pascale and President Donald Trumpâs son-in-law Jared Kushner, who in turn forwarded the information to communications staffer Hope Hicks.
WikiLeaks also made more brazen requests, such as asking Trump Jr. to coax his father into telling Australia to appoint its founder, Julian Assange, ambassador to the United States. The anti-secrecy site also tried to persuade Trump Jr. to share his fatherâs tax returns.
Trump Jr. at no point rebuffed WikiLeaksâ attempts at contact, even though the U.S. intelligence community had already concluded the organization had published stolen documents and operated on behalf of Russian interests.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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