JUST IN: White House Lawyer Makes Trump Jr Federal Charges Statement; Here We Go


The “DMs” or Direct Messaging feature of social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook has exploded as a universal pop culture phenomenon. In recent years, especially since rapper Yo Gotti released his 2015 hit single ‘Down in the DM’, a song titled after the popular, low profile form of instant, and most importantly, private communication, people have become increasingly familiar with the art of “sliding into DMs.” On Monday, a report by The Atlantic revealed that no one is immune to the pervasive and thorough reach of the Direct Messaging feature.

In September of last year, WikiLeaks slid into the DMs of Donald Trump Jr. WikiLeaks wrote to Trump Jr. to inform him of an upcoming anti-Trump website entitled putintrump.org. Trump Jr. responded a half a day later, saying, ” “Off the record I don’t know who that is, but I’ll ask around, Thanks.”

Perhaps Trump Jr. was unaware of the fact that nothing on social media is entirely “off the record.” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a series of screenshots earlier today revealing to the public the conversation he’d had with the WikiLeaks’ Twitter account. You can check those tweets out below.

The exchange between Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks persisted from September of 2016 until June of 2017. The correspondence was driven primarily by WikiLeaks. Over the course of several months, WikiLeaks requested Trump’s tax returns and suggested that Trump should reject the results of the then-upcoming election. After Trump won the election in November, WikiLeaks made a bold request when they sent a message requesting the new president-elect to tell Australia to appoint Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, as ambassador to the United States.

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Ultimately, Congress obtained the messages as a part of the ongoing investigation led by Robert Mueller, which is tasked with looking into potential collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government. It’s known that WikiLeaks did play some role in the 2016 presidential election. WikiLeaks was responsible for the releasing of a collection of emails stolen from Democratic National Convention servers on the eve of Hillary Clinton’s formal acceptance of the Democratic nomination. These emails, which included criticism of Clinton’s opponent Bernie Sanders, renewed tensions between Clinton and Sanders supporters within the Democratic party.

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Perhaps what is most unsettling isn’t that this international document dumping organization significantly influenced the outcome of last year’s presidential election but that it did so by successfully manipulating a person as high profile as the commander-in-chief’s own son. Trump Jr. wasn’t bluffing when he told WikiLeaks that he would “ask around,” in regards to WikiLeaks’ message about the launch of the anti-Trump site putintrump.org. According to a report by The Atlantic, Trump Jr. emailed several senior Trump campaign officials that same day notifying them that WikiLeaks had made contact.

Now, Trump Jr. could face serious charges, according to former White House Counsel Bob Bauer. According to Bauer, it’s illegal for members of a presidential campaign to accept anything of value that could influence the results of an election from a foreign national. If evidence from the newly released tweets proves that Trump Jr. intentionally accepted help from an international organization, he could justifiably be charged with a federal crime.

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