An exclusive report from CNN indicates that WikiLeaks had attempted to offer both Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr. (and other members of the campaign) access to encrypted documents. The offer, which went out in September of 2016, coincides with the Trump family's tweets about Hillary Clinton's emails.
Donald Trump Jr. maintains that he has no memory of the exchange with WikiLeaks. He has been questioned about the conversation in a closed door House Intelligence Committee meeting.
The email from WikiLeaks reportedly came from an individual identified as "Mike Erickson," although who, exactly, that person is (or if he is a real individual) remains unclear. The exchange was turned over to Congress as one of many documents provided by the Trump Organization.
The fact that WikiLeaks knew of both Donald and Donald Jr.'s email accounts has some questioning the regularity of interactions between the Trump Organization and the shadowy website.
The White House has not responded to requests for a comment about the revelation.
"We understand that the media reported 12 hours prior to this email that the DNC emails had been hacked or leaked," Trump Jr.'s attorney, Alan Futerfas, said. "We do not know who Mike Erickson is. We have no idea who he is. We never responded to the email."
Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, tweeted that it was unclear whether or not WikiLeaks, in reality, had anything to do with the mysterious Mike Erickson offer.
The provision of a key for heavily encryped document is an observable practice of WikiLeaks.
Yesterday in meetings, Trump Jr. attempted to minimize the converesations with WikiLeaks by saying his conversations with them were akin to speaking with legitimate news organizations like CNN or NBC.
[Photo: Getty Images]
Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content.