In September of 2016, just two months before the presidential election, Donald Trump Jr. was in close contact with WikiLeaks, possibly with Julian Assange himself, as Julia Ioffe of The Atlantic reported in November of 2017:
“Just before the stroke of midnight on September 20, 2016, at the height of last year’s presidential election, the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent a private direct message to Donald Trump Jr., the Republican nominee’s oldest son and campaign surrogate. ‘A PAC run anti-Trump site putintrump.org is about to launch,’ WikiLeaks wrote. ‘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 site, which has since become a joint project with Mother Jones, was founded by Rob Glaser, a tech entrepreneur, and was funded by Progress for USA Political Action Committee.)
“The next morning, about 12 hours later, Trump Jr. responded to WikiLeaks. ‘Off the record I don’t know who that is, but I’ll ask around,’ he wrote on September 21, 2016. ‘Thanks.’
Even though Special Counsel Robert Mueller didn’t indict Junior for that link to WikiLeaks, we know that the special counsel also handed off at least a 14 cases to other jurisdictions in New York, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Those investigations continue and could wind up leading to future indictments, including against Don Jr.
And then there’s the case of Rick Gates, who was the former deputy campaign manager for the Trump 2016 team. He was also partners with Paul Manafort, who is serving a long sentence in federal prison for his many crimes.
Gates continues to cooperate with prosecutors and is providing valuable information about longtime Trump friend and adviser Roger Stone. Stone is known to have close ties to WikiLeaks and Assange, which could wind up being terrible news for Donald Trump Jr.
And before you think that even if Don Jr. is indicted by the feds that his father will pardon him, keep in mind that the New York Attorney General, Letitia James, is also taking a close look at the Trumps. Since Don Jr. lives in New York and committed his alleged crimes there, James has jurisdiction.
The case against Donald Trump Jr. is far from over with. As a matter of fact, things are getting worse by the second for him legally.