After months of denying that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians during the 2016 election, some fault lines are starting to form after The Atlantic's Julia Ioffe reported on Monday that Donald Trump Jr. has communicated with WikiLeaks over Twitter direct messages since September 2016.
The transcripts of their correspondence were also obtained by congressional investigators.
This looks bad. However, what makes it worse is that Trump Jr. confirmed the report on Twitter later on Monday.
Here is the entire chain of messages with @wikileaks (with my whopping 3 responses) which one of the congressional committees has chosen to selectively leak. How ironic! 1/3 pic.twitter.com/SiwTqWtykA— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 14, 2017
While this is still a far cry from actual collusion with the Russian government, it's the second revelation to come after it was revealed in July that Trump Jr. met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower during the summer right before the 2016 election.
Given the fact that our intelligence agencies believe WikiLeaks was chosen by the Russian government to disperse information it hacked (i.e. the Democratic National Committee servers, John Podesta's emails, etc.), it's safe to say that Trump Jr. was dealing with a nefarious group. Their goal was to cause as much chaos in our electoral process as possible regardless of who won.
However, Trump Jr. doesn't come off as evil and sinister (unless, of course, you judge him by his hunting habits). If anything, he is rather short-sighted and doesn't understand the ramifications of dealing with a group capable of causing so much damage as WikiLeaks or the fact that whatever is uploaded or written on the Internet, whether public or private, is forever.
Perhaps it's time the Trump family go through some cybersecurity training.