On Oct. 14, 2016, Mike Pence took to Fox News and flat-out denied that the Trump marketing campaign was “in cahoots” with WikiLeaks. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” the Republican vice-presidential nominee mentioned.
Turns out Pence’s reply was fairly removed from the reality.
We’ve simply realized that Donald Trump Jr. exchanged Twitter messages with WikiLeaks across the identical time Pence denied the marketing campaign was “in cahoots” with WikiLeaks. And communications Trump Jr. had with WikiLeaks appeared to result in a minimum of one concrete motion. In truth, the identical morning Pence lodged his denial — and two days after a request from WikiLeaks — Trump Jr. did precisely as WikiLeaks had beneficial and tweeted a selected hyperlink.
In response to the Atlantic breaking this story on Monday, Trump Jr. shared what he says had been all of his messages with WikiLeaks on Monday night time.
Here is all the chain of messages with @wikileaks (with my whopping three responses) which one of many congressional committees has chosen to selectively leak. How ironic! 1/three pic.twitter.com/SiwTqWtykA
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 14, 2017
Below is a timeline breaking all of it down.
Sept. 20, 2016: WikiLeaks sends its first direct messages to Trump Jr., sharing a pbadword it found for a brand new anti-Trump PAC’s web site, putintrump.org.
Sept. 21: Trump Jr. responds by saying, “Off the record I don’t know who that is but I’ll ask around. Thanks.”
Oct. three: WikiLeaks inquires about getting the Trump marketing campaign’s badist to push a narrative about Hillary Clinton allegedly suggesting that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange must be droned. Trump Jr. says the marketing campaign “already did that earlier today.” He then asks a few rumored “Wednesday leak I keep reading about.” WikiLeaks does not reply.
Oct. 12 eight:31 a.m.: WikiLeaks suggests Trump Jr. promote its leaked Democratic paperwork: “Hey Donald, great to see you and your dad talking about our publications. Strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us wlsearch.tk.” WikiLeaks suggests tweeting the hyperlink will get Trump supporters to dig by means of the hacked emails to search out issues the media had missed.
Oct. 12 9:46 a.m.:
Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of unbelievable data offered by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!
— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) October 12, 2016
Oct. 14 morning: Pence denies the marketing campaign is working with WikiLeaks.
Fox News host Steve Doocy: “Some have suggested on the left that it’s all this bad stuff about Hillary, nothing bad about Trump — that your campaign is in cahoots with WikiLeaks.”
Pence: “Nothing could be further from the truth. All of us 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.”
Oct. 14 9:34 a.m.:
For those that have the time to examine all of the corruption and hypocrisy all of the @wikileaks emails are proper right here: https://t.co/SGcEeM9rCS
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 14, 2016
(Note: The internet deal with on this tweet is an identical to the one WikiLeaks beneficial two days earlier, together with the dearth of an “https://”)
It’s price noting right here that Trump had been speaking about WikiLeaks even shortly earlier than his Oct. 12 tweet. Here’s what he tweeted simply the day earlier than:
I hope individuals are trying on the disgraceful conduct of Hillary Clinton as uncovered by WikiLeaks. She is unfit to run.
— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016
WikiLeaks’s Oct. 12 message to Trump Jr. additionally famous how the candidate had been speaking about it (“nice to see you and your dad speaking about our publications”). So it is doable the juxtaposition of Trump Sr.’s Oct. 12 tweet and the WikiLeaks message to Trump Jr. is only a coincidence. But should you take a look at what Trump Jr. tweeted two days later, it is mainly exactly what WikiLeaks had prompt.
It’s price noting that in different circumstances, Trump Jr. did not reply to WikiLeaks or did not take its recommendation. For instance, WikiLeaks at one level prompt the Trump marketing campaign leak “a number of” of Trump’s tax returns. But on the very least, Trump Jr. exchanged messages speaking about marketing campaign technique with WikiLeaks, which has been linked to the Russian authorities and which American intelligence says was used to disseminate emails hacked by Russia. Trump Jr. clearly asks for inside details about leaks that is likely to be coming from WikiLeaks.
The different huge query right here, past the Trump marketing campaign showing to coordinate with an alleged cut-out for the Kremlin, is Pence’s denial. It is full and unmistakable, and it has now been immediately contradicted. The entire factor harks again to when Pence wrongly denied that Michael Flynn had mentioned sanctions with Russia’s ambbadador after the 2016 election. Yet once more, Pence supplied a blanket denial that he should not have.
The totality of the messages but once more name into severe query the Trump marketing campaign and White House’s denials of coordination with unsavory characters and even, by extension, Russia. And in contrast to that June 2016 badembly with a Russian lawyer, on this case this coordination appeared to result in a selected strategic motion. The query from there may be how immediately WikiLeaks is linked to the Russian authorities.