Private Twitter communications obtained by the Atlantic show that Donald Trump, Jr. and WikiLeaks were chatting during the campaign, until as recently as July of 2017.
“A PAC run anti-Trump site putintrump.org is about to launch,” WikiLeaks wrote. “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?”
A source familiar with the congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election told the Atlantic that Trump Jr. contacted a number of senior Trump campaign officials hours after receiving those messages, telling them that WikiLeaks had made contact. The officials included Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Brad Pascale and President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who in turn forwarded the information to communications staffer Hope Hicks.
It appears that Trump Jr. made no effort to nix communications, even when faced with more bold inquiries:
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 White House did not respond to a request for comment, but Trump Jr.'s attorney gave the following statement to the Daily News:
"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 said in an email. “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.”