As the mainstream media continues its hunt for potential anti-Trump stories to report on, one of the closest people to the President has proven that he has nothing to hide.
According to The Atlantic, Donald Trump Jr. has released the exchanges that he had with the WikiLeaks Twitter account via direct messages during the 2016 presidential election, proving that he has nothing to hide.
Trump Jr. tweeted the entire exchange that he had with WikiLeaks recently, “Here is the entire chain of messages with @wikileaks (with my whopping 3 responses) which one of the congressional committees has chosen to selectively leak. How ironic!”
Just prior to midnight on September 20, 2016, the Wikileaks Twitter account sent a private direct message to Trump Jr. “A PAC run anti-Trump site putintrump.org is about to launch,” wrote WikiLeaks. “The PAC is a recycled pro-Iraq war PAC. We have guessed the password. It is ‘putintrump.’ See ‘About’ for who is behind it. Any comments?”
The next morning, the Trump Jr. responded by saying “Off the record I don’t know who that is, but I’ll ask around. Thanks.”
These messages were turned to congressional investigators by Trump Jr.’s lawyers and were part of a series of longer, mainly one-sided messages between the President’s son and the transparency organization. They were offered in response to Congress’s various ongoing investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
“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,” said Alan Futerfas, an attorney for Donald Trump Jr. “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.” WikiLeaks did not respond to requests for comment.
In an exchange on October 3rd, WikiLeaks Twitter account asked Trump Jr. if they would be willing to comment on the story that Hillary Clinton suggested a drone strike against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to CNN.
“Already did that earlier today,” Trump Jr. wrote back. “It’s amazing what she can get away with.”
These requests continued for a while. Trump Jr. later stopped responding. However, WikiLeaks continued to offer opinions/make requests to the presidential candidate’s son, despite the indifferent reception.
Julian Assange tweeted about the report on Monday, saying that the organization couldn’t “confirm” the message with Trump Jr. “I cannot confirm the alleged DM’s from @DonaldJTrumpJr to @WikiLeaks. @WikiLeaks does not keep such records and the Atlantic’s presentation is edited and clearly does not have the full context.”
Donald Trump Jr. just proved he has nothing to hide by releasing his direct messages to Wikileaks. Do you think he is trying to hide something?
This isn’t the first time Trump Jr. has been in the media’s spotlight concerning the allegations of Russian meddling. In June 2016, he accepted a now highly criticized meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, who allegedly promised “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort were also present at the meeting. The attorney ultimately had no pertinent information, and discussed an unrelated topic.
Just like the Russian lawyer scandal before this one, Trump Jr. has repeatedly proven he has nothing to hide – in contrast to what the media would have Americans believe.