“During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump Jr. was in direct contact with WikiLeaks at the same time the muckraking website was publishing hacked emails from Democratic officials that proved damaging to the Clinton campaign, according to several major publications,” NPR reports.
“U.S. intelligence agencies believe WikiLeaks served as a conduit for Russian efforts to sway the election through the release of hacked emails. An intelligence assessment put out in January concluded ‘with high confidence’ that the GRU, Russia’s foreign intelligence agency, ‘relayed material it acquired from the [Democratic National Committee] and senior Democratic officials to WikiLeaks.'”
“On Oct. 14, weeks after Trump Jr. began communicating with WikiLeaks, then vice presidential running mate Mike Pence went on Fox News to deny allegations that the campaign was ‘in cahoots’ with WikiLeaks, saying: ‘Nothing could be further from the truth.'”