Donald Trump Jr. corresponded with WikiLeaks during and after 2016 campaign

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Most of the messages, The Atlantic reported, were initiated by WikiLeaks, and were mostly, but not always, ignored by Trump Jr.

Looking at his other tweets, Trump Jr. tweeted about WikiLeaks a lot during October 2016 with stories mainly about Hillary Clinton campaign leaks.

"Hiya, it'd be great if you guys could comment on/push this story", WikiLeaks wrote to Trump Jr. on October 3, 2016.

WikiLeaks appeared to develop a correspondence with at least one member of President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign during the election cycle, and in one instance, was praised by Trump, shortly after the group messaged his son, Donald Trump Jr., according to messages obtained by The Atlantic. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) released a statement saying the messages demonstrated "once again a willingness by the highest levels of the Trump campaign to accept foreign assistance".

On election day, WikiLeaks messaged Trump Jr. suggesting that they continue pushing the idea that the election was rigged. "I think all of us have, you know, have had concerns about Wikileaks over the years and it's just a reality of American life today, and of life in the wider world".

Asking for President Donald Trump's tax returns.

"'That's a real smart tough guy and the most famous australian [sic] you have!' or something similar", Wikileaks wrote. It is "putintrump.' See "About" for who is behind it".

Trump Jr. did not respond to WikiLeaks' message, according to The Atlantic. "It's incredible what she can get away with", The Atlantic reported Monday.

If Mr. Trump were to lose, WikiLeads said on November 9, 2016, "we think it is much more interesting if he DOES NOT conceed [sic] and spends time CHALLENGING the media and other types of rigging that occurred-as he has implied that he might do". In fact, Trump Jr. reached out to ask WikiLeaks about rumors of a planned release, but there's no indication that he got a response. "Btw we just released Podesta Emails Part 4". After the election, WikiLeaks suggested that president-elect Trump tell Australia to make Julian Assange its ambassador to the United States. WikiLeaks was instrumental in distributing emails stolen from the Clinton campaign - now believed to have been stolen as part of a Russian influence campaign - but the Trump campaign repeatedly denied any direct coordination with WikiLeaks.

According to a source familiar with the congressional investigations into Russian interference with the 2016 campaign, who requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, on the same day that Trump Jr. received the first message from Wikileaks, he emailed other senior officials with the Trump campaign, including Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Brad Parscale, and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, telling them Wikileaks had made contact.

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