In an incredible feat of investigative journalism by the Atlantic, it has now been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son and namesake, colluded directly with Wikileaks through dozens of direct messages on Twitter during the 2016 election cycle. The Atlantic has obtained copies of the messages after Trump Jr.’s lawyers were forced to turn the correspondence over to congressional investigators.
The messages started in September of 2016, two months before election day, and when it looked like Donald Trump was on his way to a loss. Wikileaks tipped Donald Trump Jr. off to an anti-trump website that was launching, including the website’s password, to which Jr. responded, saying it was “off the record”, and thanking them. Shockingly, the communication didn’t stop after the election and went on until at least July 2017, when the Mueller investigation was ramping up.
Asked for comment, Jr’s lawyer Alan Futerfas continued to ignore reality and attempt to paint collusion as normal, saying, “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. 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.”
Most shockingly of all, the leaked messages seem to confirm that not only did Wikileaks talk to Donald Trump Jr. for ten months, but through him, they had a direct line to the president. For example, in one message Wikileaks suggested that Trump would benefit from publicly directing people to their website, where anti-Hillary messaging could be found, and less than fifteen minutes later Trump tweeted, “Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!”
This pattern continues with information sent to Donald Trump Jr. making it’s way to either his social media channels, or his father’s social media channels, well after Trump became president, and after Wikileaks was confirmed to be working with Russia. At no time did Trump Jr. attempt to shut down this communication channel, instead continuing his now well-established pattern of collusion with foreign governments and entities.