Trump Campaign Reportedly Received Early Access to WikiLeaks Docs (UPDATE)
Update: CNN has since corrected this report with a corrected date, which ostensibly renders the report much less toothless than it originally claimed. See our report here.
A new report indicates that Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and several other high-ranking members of the Trump Organization were offered access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks during the 2016 election.
CNN reports that Trump’s company received an email last September which contained a decryption key and website address that allowed them to view WikiLeak’s trove of hacked information. This email came in after WikiLeaks finished leaking emails taken from the Democratic National Committee, but before the release of John Podesta‘s emails.
The email was handed over to Congressional investigators, who are evaluating its legitimacy as they continue their probe on connections between the Trump campaign and Wikileaks. Trump Jr. testified before the House Intelligence Committee, but between claiming attorney-client privilege and his refusal to answer questions, the Trump scion said he had “no recollection” of the email and did not act upon it.
Last night, CNN picked up other emails which indicated that Paul Manafort and Trump Jr. previously tried to get the mogul to join a Russian social networking site. This topic reportedly came up when the two Trump officials met with a Russian lawyer last year with the intent of obtaining dirt on Hillary Clinton.
These latest developments come a month after Trump Jr. confirmed reports about how corresponded with Wikileaks in the year before the 2016 election.
UPDATE – 10:10 a.m. EST: Trump Jr.’s legal team had this response to the story:
NEW STATEMENT: Trump Jr’s attorney responds to our story. “We understand that the media reported 12 hours prior to this email that the DNC emails had been hacked or leaked. We do not know who Mike Erickson is. We have no idea who he is. We never responded to the email.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 8, 2017
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