Donald Trump Jr. communicated with WikiLeaks during 2016 campaign, sources say
The sources confirm to ABC News that WikiLeaks made contact with Trump Jr. in late September 2016 and continued into the first half of this year. One source says the conversations were heavy in one direction with WikiLeaks sending many messages to Trump Jr. and the president’s son responding on a limited basis, often ignoring them.
On Monday night, after initial reports of his communications with WikiLeaks surfaced, Trump Jr. tweeted out what he said were screenshots of the exchanges with WikiLeaks over Twitter's direct message system.
Sources also confirm to ABC News that Trump Jr. has turned over his correspondence with WikiLeaks to congressional investigators -- on the House Intelligence Committee and Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees -- as part of the ongoing Russia investigations on Capitol Hill, and to special counsel Robert Mueller's team.
Alan Futerfas, Trump Jr.’s lawyer, said in a statement to ABC News that his client has cooperated with the various congressional committee investigations.
"Over the last several months, we have worked cooperatively with each of the committees and have voluntarily turned over thousands of documents in response to their requests," Futerfas wrote. "Putting aside the question as to why or by whom such documents, provided to Congress under promises of confidentiality, have been selectively leaked, we can say with confidence that we have no concerns about these documents and any questions raised about them have been easily answered in the appropriate forum."
"We just see this web of connections becoming more and more extensive."
The vice president's office said Mike Pence was not aware of Trump Jr.'s communications with WikiLeaks, given that in October of 2016, Pence forcefully denied any coordination between WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign.
"The vice president was never aware of anyone associated with the campaign being in contact with WikiLeaks. He first learned of this news from a published report earlier tonight," Pence's press secretary Alyssa Farah said in a statement.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange tweeted that he couldn't confirm the communiques to Trump Jr.
WikiLeaks loves its pending publications and ignores those who ask for details. Trump Jr. was rebuffed just like Cambridge Analytica. In both cases WikiLeaks had publicly teased the publications. Thousands of people asked about them. 2/
WikiLeaks can be very effective at convincing even high profile people that it is their interest to promote links to its publications. 3/
WikiLeaks has such chutzpah that it allegedly tried to convince Trump Jr to leak his father's tax returns & his own "Russian lawyer meeting" emails (he did). WikiLeaks appears to beguile some people into transparency by convincing them that it is in their interest. 4/
November 14, 2017
Sources:` ABC News
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