WASHINGTON — Donald Trump Jr. had a number of on-line conversations in the course of the 2016 presidential marketing campaign with WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group that final yr launched a hacked trove of Democrats’ emails, in line with 4 congressional officers.
Mr. Trump, the president’s son, in current weeks handed over Twitter messages he exchanged with WikiLeaks to a number of congressional committees investigating Russia’s makes an attempt to disrupt the election, in line with the officers. In September, Mr. Trump acknowledged in a closed-door interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee that he had corresponded with the group in the course of the marketing campaign, the officers mentioned.
The correspondence, which started weeks earlier than the Nov. eight, 2016, election and continued by a lot of this yr, is the second time it has been publicly revealed that Mr. Trump communicated with folks and organizations with ties to the Russian authorities who have been making an attempt to undermine the presidential marketing campaign of Hillary Clinton.
In July, The New York Occasions reported that Mr. Trump met with Russians in June 2016 who mentioned that they had damaging info on Mrs. Clinton, and that the data was a part of the Russian authorities’s help for Mr. Trump.
Mr. Trump on Monday night time launched a number of display pictures of his messages with WikiLeaks. His lawyer, Alan S. Futerfas, mentioned the paperwork have been “selectively leaked” among the many hundreds which have been turned over to congressional investigators.
“We are able to say with confidence that we’ve got no considerations about these paperwork and any questions raised about them have been simply answered within the applicable discussion board,” Mr. Futerfas mentioned in a press release.
By publishing hundreds of hacked emails, American intelligence businesses consider WikiLeaks was appearing as a conduit for Russian operatives.
The Twitter messages have been first reported by The Atlantic, which revealed copies of the correspondence.
“Hiya, it’d be nice for those who guys may touch upon/push this story,” WikiLeaks mentioned in a message to Mr. Trump on Oct. three, 2016, that included a quote from Mrs. Clinton during which she mentioned she wished to “simply drone” Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder.
“Already did that earlier in the present day,” Mr. Trump mentioned in response. “It’s superb what she will get away with.”
In a message per week later, WikiLeaks requested Mr. Trump to have his father Tweet a hyperlink to a web site the place customers may search by hacked emails from Democrats.
“There’s many nice tales the press are lacking and we’re positive a few of your follows will discover it,” WikiLeaks mentioned, including that the group had simply launched extra emails stolen from Mrs. Clinton’s marketing campaign chairman, John D. Podesta.
Mr. Trump didn’t reply. Fifteen minutes later, nonetheless, his father tweeted: “Little or no pick-up by the dishonest media of unbelievable info supplied by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!”
Mr. Assange mentioned on Twitter that he couldn’t affirm whether or not the group had corresponded with Mr. Trump.
“WikiLeaks loves its pending publications and ignores those that ask for particulars,” Mr. Assange mentioned, including that hundreds of individuals had requested the group concerning the emails it had revealed.
Mark Warner, the highest Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, mentioned the messages, if actual, are “yet another instance of Russians, Russian brokers — on this case WikiLeaks — reaching out to senior officers within the Trump Group or Trump marketing campaign.”
The final message Mr. Trump obtained from WikiLeaks was in July, shortly after The Occasions reported that he had corresponded with the Russians promising “dust” on Mrs. Clinton.
“Hello Don. Sorry to listen to about your issues,” WikiLeaks mentioned. “We’ve an concept that will assist slightly. We’re VERY taken with confidentially acquiring and publishing a replica of the e-mail(s) cited within the New York Occasions in the present day.”
Shortly thereafter, Mr. Trump launched the emails himself.