- During the 2016 election, Donald Trump Jr. was in touch with WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website that published wave after wave of damning information on Hillary Clinton’s campaign from hacked emails.
- The Atlantic reported on the messages Monday, in which WikiLeaks repeatedly encouraged Trump Jr. to promote its hacked and leaked information.
- Trump Jr. reportedly told high-level Trump campaign officials — including Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, and Hope Hicks — that WikiLeaks had contacted him.
- On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump said multiple times that he “loved” WikiLeaks, as well as the hacked material they were publishing about Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.
- While Trump Jr. didn’t respond to a message from WikiLeaks on October 12, 2016, Trump tweeted about the group less than an hour later.
- Trump Jr. is under scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia investigation, according to NBC, in part because he did not disclose all of his contacts with Kremlin-linked individuals.
- In the messages, WikiLeaks also asked Trump Jr. to have Trump convince Australia to nominate its founder Julian Assange as US ambassador.
- On Monday night, Trump Jr. released what he says is the “entire chain of messages” between him and WikiLeaks, though the correspondence doesn’t match the full depth of messages The Atlantic reported.
Here are the messages with WikiLeaks Trump Jr. released, and the tweet from Trump:
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