Report links Trump Jr. with WikiLeaks in 2016

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Judge Andrew Napolitano reacted this morning to the new report that Donald Trump Jr. communicated with WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign. But he alerted senior advisers on his father's campaign, including his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, according to two people familiar with the exchanges. Goldstone tells Trump Jr. that the Russians have derogatory information on Clinton that would be "very useful to your father".

WikiLeaks, which bills itself as an anti-secrecy group, was described in April by CIA Director Mike Pompeo as a "non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russian Federation".

— Late April 2016: The Democratic National Committee becomes aware of the scope of the monthslong intrusion into its email systems by hackers whom US intelligence agencies later linked to the Russian government.

The newly revealed exchanges provide additional information about the role played by Trump 2016.

— April 26, 2016: Papadopoulos meets with Joseph Mifsud, a professor in London, who tells him that the Russians had obtained "dirt" on Clinton, including thousands of emails.

Alan Futerfas, Trump jnr's lawyer, said his client's exchanges with WikiLeaks were innocuous.

President Trump tweeted about the leaked Clinton campaign emails just 15 minutes after Donald Jr. received a message from WikiLeaks, which The Wall Street Journal's Byron Tau first pointed out on Twitter.

The messages in Ioffe's story suggest overall that WikiLeaks and Trump Jr. viewed each other as allies.

"Off the record I don't know who that is but I'll ask around".

Strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us. WikiLeaks added, "Btw we just released Podesta Emails Part 4", referencing emails from Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta. The copies of the messages released by Trump Jr. don't contain a response. "So dishonest! Rigged system!" After the emails were released, WikiLeaks sent Trump Jr. a searchable link of the emails.

Yesterday, White House lawyer Ty Cobb declined to comment, referring questions about the exchanges to Trump jnr's lawyer.

That praise was a topic of one of the communications between WikiLeaks and Trump Jr., on October 12, 2016. "Their attempts to get information were unsuccessful, and he did not bite", he said.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange went public Tuesday with his pitch to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems win from coast to coast Falwell after Gillespie loss: "DC should annex" Northern Virginia Dems see gains in Virginia's House of Delegates MORE Jr., saying his election-year offer to be an ambassador to the an advocate for whistleblowers is still on the table. He also asked the site about a rumor about an upcoming leak.

As far as Pence's October 14 blanket denial of coordination between WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign?

"The Vice President was never aware of anyone associated with the campaign being in contact with WikiLeaks", Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said. "He first learned of this news from a published report earlier [yesterday]". As for criminality, it is the effort to halt the investigation (e.g., lean on former FBI director James Comey not to investigate Michael Flynn, fire Comey, draft a fake explanation for the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting) that raises the potential for a charge of obstruction of justice. They made a lot of requests, asking Trump have his dad promote certain articles, asking that Julian Assange be made Australia's ambassador to the USA, and even encouraging Trump to refuse to concede if he lost the election.

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